Meet the cast of CTH’s “Love Machine”: Susan Gronow says the audience is in store for a lot of laughs

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Love Machine: An Evening of One Acts” on April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

“Love Machine: An Evening of One-Acts” features five highly entertaining one-act plays, with a heavy emphasis on comedy.

The show is directed by Rick Spangler and produced by Linda Peasley and Kim Carnahan. Technical director is Chris Eldred and stage manager is Madison LeMieux.

Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed. Tickets are $10, available by clicking here.

Over the next two weeks, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the cast.

In today’s story, we meet Susan Gronow, who lives in Howell with husband Nick and their three children, Alexis, 17, Jubilee, 13 and Elijah, almost 11. Gronow is a photographer and teaches classes on photography and dramatic arts.

How did you first become involved with CTH? How many shows have you been involved with?

Alexis auditioned for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” in 2012 and we’ve been involved with CTH ever since then. I got sucked in, as so many parents do, through my kids. In one way or another, my family has been involved with nearly 20 CTH shows, plus many summer camps.

Susan Gronow

What are some favorite roles or theater experiences from the past, either with CTH or other groups?

I love working with youth theatre. I’ve directed four youth productions with CTH, as well as three elementary summer camp shows, and other productions with Scranton Middle School in Brighton and also our homeschool co-op in Ann Arbor.

It is so much fun, and immensely rewarding, to work with youth in the theatre; to see them grow in confidence and character, to see the cast become a tight-knit group, and then see them shine together under the stage lights.

But, I also LOVE working on backstage crew. It is, by far, my favorite “parent job” when my kids are in shows. The crew and tech team are the magic makers, and they don’t get the public accolades like the cast does, but they are vital to each and every performance.

What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

I love that there is something for everyone at CTH. You don’t have to act, build sets, or make costumes in order to be involved. The list of possibilities is endless, and whole families can work together toward a common goal. And then you realize that you’re part of a whole new family: the CTH family!

Tell us about “The Love Machine” and why you like this show.

This is the first time I’ve ever done a CTH show without anyone else in my family being involved, which has been very different for me. It has gotten me out of my house and doing something creative again, which has been much needed since I’ve been home so much more than usual in this last year.

This cast is kind, talented, and FUNNY! It’s been fun to laugh about silly things and get my mind off of the problems of the world for a bit.

What can the audience expect with this production?

They can expect 90 minutes of a variety of fun, goofy, silly characters and stories that will make us all laugh.  Who doesn’t need that right now?

Susan Gronow

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