‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ by MLS Theatre Company debuts Nov. 12 at Amherst Steele

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“Cheaper by the Dozen” will debut Thursday, Nov., 12, opening the MLS Theatre Company’s 2015-2016 season.

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, the play is based on the real-life story of the Gilbreth family.

Frank Gilbreth Sr. was a pioneer in the field of motion study, and often used his family members as guinea pigs, with amusing and sometimes embarrassing results. To Anne, the oldest, however, the chief effect of her father’s experiments is that her family appears ridiculous to everyone else at school — especially to boys.

While the situations are often hilarious, there’s a serious reason. Frank has a heart condition he’s keeping secret. He resists popular culture, railing against his teen girls’ desires for bobbed hair and cosmetics.

Anne rebels. Both she and her father are miserable at the lack of understanding between them and have to learn to reconcile.

Shows will run at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 14, 20, and 21 at the Amherst Steele High School cafetorium.

Tickets will be pre-sold and are general admission: $10 for adults and $5 for thespians, students, and senior citizens. To order in advance, contact boosters vice president Jenny Werner at 440-989-7979 or b.werner1@yahoo.com.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased then.

There is also priority seating available in the front row for an additional $5 and in the second row for an additional $3.

Groups may buy discount tickets in advance by contacting Werner.

Anyone who takes a canned good to any of the show nights will be entered in a drawing to have their seats moved to the front. All canned goods will donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio.

The MLS Theatre Company is a student-run organization. Every student involved in the productions is between the ages 14-18.

Each year, three shows are put on for the public. This year’s season also includes student-directed Winter One Acts and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

For more information, contact Valerie Farschman at valerie_farschman@amherstk12.org or 440-225-8718.

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