Cheaper By The Dozen



Cheaper By The Dozen

Dramatized by
Christopher Sergel

From the book by
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Produced by special arrangement with
The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

Directed by
Susanna Ritti
Scenic Designer
Jillian Warburton
Lighting Designer
Susan L. Polay
Stage Manager
David Jesukiewicz
Costume Designer
Edna Rentschler
Sound Designer
Michael Blake
Apprentice Coordinator
William Daniel Daup

ABOUT THE PLAY

Lillian Moller Gilbreth and Frank Bunker Gilbreth were industrial engineers. They were among the first in the scientific management field and the very first in motion study.

They had twelve children, and Frank Gilbreth loved to apply his motion study theories and applications on his own family. Later, when it was discovered that he had developed heart problems, this practice became a necessity to him as he did not want his wife to be overburdened in the event of his death.

This play, based on the biography written by his two children, Frank Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey in 1948 and then adapted to film in 1950, is about the Gilbreth family before Frank, Sr. died.

It seems funny to stage this play during the era of reality shows such as Jon and Kate Plus Eight, etc. This story is based on reality as well, but this is a true love story, and on many levels.

Susanna Ritti

 

Performed July 29-31, Aug 1, 4-8 2009

CAST

Mr. Gilbreth………………… Lloyd Short
Mrs. Gilbreth………………. Margaret Arnold Higgins
Ernestine…………………… Bess Harbison
Frank Russell……………… Jordan Poole
Jackie ………………………. Benjamin Schiffer
Dan …………………………..Adam Boone
Bill…………………………… Arthur Armington
Fred…………………………. Jonathan Perini
Anne…………………………..Christen Buckley
Lillian………………………… Alexis Lunardi
Martha………………………..Sarah Seybert
Mrs. Fitzgerald…………….. Melissa Alfonsi
Dr. Burton………………….. Joe Krabil
Joe Scales………………….. Tristan Wilson
Miss Brill…………………….. Cathy Tillotson
Larry…………………………. Gabriel Senator
The Dog…………………….. Quinn Lunardi