From now until opening night on Jan. 31, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Community Theatre of Howell’s production of “Wait Until Dark.”
Kevin Rogers has been behind the scenes directing a number of CTH shows lately, but he’s returning to the stage in “Wait Until Dark” as Sam Hendrix, a role he’s enjoying immensely.
“It’s a small role, but really it really helps to the build-up and deception perpetrated by the villains,” Rogers said.
Rogers is an IT Server Engineer who lives in Brighton, and he and wife Theresia have a daughter, Tori. All three have been actively involved in CTH for years.
“I’ve been involved with CTH since 2008,” Rogers said. “I’ve directed ‘Annie,’ ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Squabbles,’ ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Aladdin Jr.’ and I’m directing ‘Elf’ in Christmas of 2020. I’ve served on the Board of Directors for six years.”
On stage, favorite roles include Donkey in “Shrek,” Colonel Nathan Jessup in “A Few Good Men,” and Freddy in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”
The plot of “Wait Until Dark” is a familiar one for generations of playgoers.
In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a ruthless killer in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion.
To enhance the thriller, CTH is staging the show in an unusual manner. All seating will be on chairs and risers directly on the stage so that the audience can feel as though it’s right in the middle of the action.
The show is directed by George Popovich and produced by Kim Carnahan.
“You won’t breathe for the last five minutes … it’s very suspenseful,” Rogers said. “It’s a great story of suspense and perseverance. My favorite part of this experience has been working with the entire staff and crew, but mainly working with the other actors (although I’m only on stage with Cristian and Alexa).”
The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Wait Until Dark” at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. Shows are Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2 and 7-9, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday each weekend.
Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, available at Finding Roots in Howell, Maria’s School of Dance in Fowlerville, Big Acre in Brighton, and Ed Bock Feed and Stuff in Pinckney. Tickets are also available by calling 517-545-1290, or online at cththeatre.org. You can buy tickets by clicking here.