Meet the cast of “The WCTH Mystery Series”: Eighth-grader Sasha Gilders loves being back on the CTH stage

The Community Theatre of Howell’s popular “WCTH Mystery Series” continues on Sunday, April 11, with a performance of two radio-style mystery dramas: “Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Dead Adventuress” and “Ellery Queen: Mr. Short and Mr. Long.”

The audience will get to journey back in time to the golden age of radio, as the WCTH cast acts out the dramas. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

Admission is free for all shows. Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed.

From now through Sunday, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the “WCTH Mystery Series” cast.

In today’s story, we meet Sasha Gilders, an eighth-grader at St. Patrick School in Brighton. Sasha lives in Howell with her parents, sister Anna, brother Philip and two basset hound puppies, Lady and Sargie. Sasha plays piano and trumpet and is a Polish dancer with the Polish National Alliance Centennial Dancers. She’s also a member of the 4-Gear-Clovers robotics team through St. Patrick School.

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

Sasha Gilders

I first became involved with CTH when I saw an ad for the Aristocat’s KIDS summer camp. I enjoyed the camp so much that I’ve been doing shows ever since. This is my 14th show and my fifth time performing with the Community Theatre of Howell.

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

I’ve enjoyed all of my experiences on stage. Some of my favorite productions have been “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” with CTH, and “Frozen Jr.” with Fowlerville Community Theater.

My favorite role so far has been Drizella in “Cinderella KIDS” with Encore Youth Theater in Hartland because I was able to perform with my sister as a wicked stepsister. I’m really enjoying my first radio show experience as Nikki Porter. I’m also currently playing the role of Sister Mary Robert in the upcoming production of “Sister Act Jr.” with St. Patrick School.

What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

The CTH community is amazing. Everyone is committed and the atmosphere is great. Every director and actor I have worked with has been fabulous because they are supportive and inspire each other.  This leads to amazing shows that are always fun to be a part of. You really learn a lot about theater when you are part of a CTH show.

Tell us about the WCTH Radio Hour shows and why you like these shows.

I’ve never been a part of the radio shows before, it’s been an amazing experience. I’m learning so much about voice acting and sound effects. This experience has really pushed me to try new things and to grow as an actress. The cast is very talented and has been amazing to work with.

What can the audience expect with these productions?

The audience can expect to travel back to the golden age of radio and experience all of the things that go on behind the scenes of a classic radio show.

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