The Good News Players of
Clairmont Hills Baptist Church
present an evening of musical theatre, featuring the presentation of

Cheaper by the Dozen

lyrics by David Rogers
music by Mark Bucci
book by Christopher Sergel
based upon the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
featuring the acting talents of
Paul Smith as Fred Gilbreth; Curtis Smith as the Traffic Cop; Truman Johnson as Frank Gilbreth, Sr. (Dad); Shelley Russell as Lillie Gilbreth (Mother); Hannah Pitts as Anne G.; Scott Smith as Larry Johnson; Bekah Pitts as Ernestine G.; Arianna Soloway as Martha G.; Fred O. Pitts, III, as Fred G.; Mason Johnson as Bill G.; Elizabeth Oakes as Lillian G.; Malia Villanueva as Dora G.; Skylar Isom as Jane G.; K.C. Mayne as Jackie G.; Aubrey Beverly as smallest Gilbreth; Fred O. Pitts, Jr., Doctor Burton; Aaron Kuglin as Mac; Cole Todd as Joe; Karen Morgan as Miss Brill; Royce Byrd as the Toll Collector; Leana Shishakova as First Girl, Lee Rickman as Boy; Kristy Smith as Dancer; Alicia Simpson as Dancer; Rebecca Dungan as Dancer;
also with the talents of
Joyce Ray, directrix; Jennifer Hilton-Smith, stage manager; Cindy Pitts, directrix of music & choreography and pianist; Gene Ray, technical and stage construction; Rick Rogers, sound technician; Debbie Todd, clarinettist; Melissa Hester, percussionist; Tricia Oakes, flautist; and Anna Kate Thompson, violinist.

Dear Gentle Web Peruser,

My son Paul and I are both appearing in the musical Cheaper By the Dozen to be performed at 7 p.m. three nights: Friday, May 19; Saturday May 20; and Sunday, May 21, 2006.

Performances are at the third-floor fellowship hall of Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, 1995 Clairmont Road (at the intersection of North Druid Hills Road) in Decatur, Georgia.

The play is a true story about the family of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbreth and their twelve children set circa 1920 in America. It is based on the book by the same name, in which Mr. Gilbreth is, what would be considered today, an efficiency expert/consultant. (The movie starring Steve Martin is also very loosely based on the book, but, in the movie, the father is Mr. Baker and he is a football coach, and there is little in common in the storylines.)

Paul plays the part of Fred, one of the dozen children of the Gilbreth family. I play an incidental rôle of a traffic cop, but I also sing back-up vocals offstage during several songs (but not including the song where Paul is singing in German). The play is in English, with a few snippets of phrases in other languages thrown around as the children study them.

Although the performance is at a church, it is not really a play with any deep theological motive; it is a fun outreach activity of the church in which several people from the church and surrounding communities (Acworth to Lawrenceville) are involved.

If, by any chance you would like to come, try to get there early. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Tickets are $10 for adults; and $5 for children. If you have not already secured them, you may purchase them at the door.

The play is set in the 1920s. I have compiled a list of Vocabulary used in the play that may be unfamiliar to some people.


Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Study Vocabulary used in the play Cheaper by the Dozen
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