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Google Announces Changes to Places Pages

Local searchers and local businesses will see a fairly substantially different Place Page the next time they’re poking around Google Maps/Places. The company announceda new look Thursday and promises more changes to come.

The new layout of Place Pages puts a heavy emphasis on reviews. More specifically, it emphasizes reviews from Google users and no longer shows review content from third party sites. (Google had issues with both Yelp and TripAdvisor over review snippets last year, you may recall.)

Rather than showing external reviews, the new Place Page only links to third party sites after showing a selection of Google user reviews. The review emphasis is also obvious with not one, but two cherry red “Write a review” buttons. Here’s a look at an example Place Page with Google’s new look-and-feel. Read the full article at


For two weeks in July this year, Grosse Pointe Theatre will be creating young playwrights in a summer workshop focused on beginning playwriting – especially writing fractured fairy tales.

The two-week program (mornings only) will start on Monday, July 11, and run through Friday, July 22. Students who are available will be performing their works as part of the Fairy Tale Festival to be held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House on Saturday, July 23. The daily sessions run from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and take place at the theatre’s Rehearsal Hall at 315 Fisher Road at Maumee.

As part of the theatre’s Youth on Stage program, this workshop is intended for youngsters who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The first week will deal with the basics of playwriting and the second week will study fairy tales and writing and performing Fractured Fairy Tales the students have written. Surrounding all of these activities will be improv exercises and theatre games to increase the student’s general knowledge of theatre and stagecraft.

“We think we have planned an exciting curriculum for the kids and that they will learn some skills that will serve them throughout life. We are particularly looking for adventurous children who have creative minds and already know how to think outside the box,” said Mary Lou Britton, executive producer for the summer workshop. “The process of “fracturing” fairy tales encourages the students to think about different perspectives and changed endings for the fairy tales we all knew growing up.”

Fees for the two-week experience are $275 for children or grandchildren of GPT members; $300 for others.

Youth on Stage, in its 11th year of successful operation, is an educational opportunity for children and teens to learn about theatre and stagecraft. It offers two semester-long programs during the school year, ending each session with a full-stage production at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

For more information about Youth on Stage or the Summer Workshop, call the Theatre box office at 313/881-4004 or call producer Mary Lou Britton at 586/779-8974. She can also be reached at

New Program Launch for Professionals in Transition. Focus: Defense Sector

We are proud to announce that our own VP of Emergent Media, Cyndee Harrison, will be a part of a new opportunity for professionals in transition. Wayne State University, in partnership with Macomb Community College, is launching the Defense Employment Transition Program (DETP). The DETP is a comprehensive re-employment program created specifically to meet the needs of unemployed, underemployed, veterans and displaced workers – both white and blue collar. This unique program offers foundational skills for the professional in transition and is highly customized to meet each individual’s needs. The full program is 10 weeks in length, but participants have the opportunity to pick and choose which parts are relevant for their needs. The components of the DETP include:

•Individual Assessment: Comprehensive on-line tools assess your personality, professional interests and workplace skills. A gap analysis helps you evaluate your professional skills against a roster of Defense sector requirements. By the end of the assessment process, you will have a clear picture of the skills you should highlight and the skills that require further development.

•Personal Strategic Employment Plan: The Personal Strategic Employment Plan is similar to a corporate strategic plan in the sense that it drives performance with a set of specific and measurable objectives. Throughout the program you will have a chance to develop and fine tune this plan as your career goals come into focus.

•Professional Coaching: A professional coach will meet one-on-one with you over the course of four one-hour meetings to debrief the assessments and work to create specific and measurable career goals.

•Education Workshops and Clinics: Focused education workshops and hands-on clinics will help you sharpen skills in resume and cover letter writing, networking, job search maximization and interviewing preparation – setting you up for maximum success in the Defense sector job market.

•Mock Interviewing: Mock interviews are conducted to provide a low-risk environment for practicing your interviewing techniques – before you interview in a real setting.

In addition, you will receive personalized feedback from an interviewing skill expert. The program begins with a half-day Orientation session that describes each of these components in more detail and provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions. All sessions will be delivered at Wayne State University’s Macomb Education Center located at 16480 Hall Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. To register for an Orientation, call 586-498-4000 or visit

For more program information, call 313-577-4449

All-School Open House

Grosse Pointe Academy invites you to an All-School Open House on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. For parents interested in learning about The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School for ages 2 ½ to Kindergarten, there will be a Montessori Information Night on March 9 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Information Sessions

The Grosse Pointe Academy will hold several information sessions for parents interested in learning about the Academy advantage. Middle School Night will be held on Tuesday, January 25 at 7 p.m. There will be a Lower School Tour on Wednesday, January 26 at 8:45 a.m., and an All-School Open House on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m. For parents interested in learning about The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School for ages 2 ½ to Kindergarten, there will be a Montessori Information Night on March 9 at 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Proposals Sought for “Black Box” Production

For Immediate Release
Contact: Donna Di Sante 313-881-2258,

Attention Play Directors – Proposals Sought by GPT’s Purdon Studio Theatre for “Black Box” Production

Directors and plays are now being sought for the 2012 productions of the Purdon Studio Theatre (PST), a performance arm of Grosse Pointe Theatre, whose current venue is the Activities Center at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores.

The Purdon Studio Theatre presents plays that offer adult audiences non-traditional theatre in a “black box” setting, a large room in which seating and staging can vary from show to show.
This is an excellent opportunity for directors to offer works that explore human nature or delve into subject matter that may not be included in the Grosse Pointe Theatre main-stage season.

The Purdon Studio Theatre Committee asks that directors submit all of the following :
1. a copy of the proposed play; (No original scripts. Only published plays will be considered.)
2. a concise paragraph conveying the director’s concept of the show;
3. a resume of the director’s theatre experience (Please note: GPT directors are not paid)
4. a tentative budget, broadly outlining anticipated expenses (excluding royalties and facility rental), not to exceed $1,000.
By Monday January 3, 2011, proposal packages should be delivered to: PST, Grosse Pointe Theatre, 315 Fisher Rd., Grosse Pointe 48230

For more information on PST or Grosse Pointe Theatre:
Go to “Purdon Studio Theatre” at , or Email questions to
GP Theatre Ticket/Information line:  313-881-4004
Grosse Pointe Theatre, a community theatre founded in 1947, has a tradition of great entertainment and high production values. Membership in Grosse Pointe Theatre is open to all persons, age 18 and above who have an interest in theatre.  (end)

Grosse Pointe Theater Call For Directors

Are you an experienced director, looking to take on an exciting show?  Or have you always wanted to to take on the challenge of directing a show but just haven’t found the right situation?  Well, do we have an opportunity for you!   Grosse Pointe Theatre is looking for interested Director candidates for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.   This first request is for individuals who would be interested in directing one of our 2011-2012 Musicals.  But please keep an eye out, because in the near future, we will be looking for candidates interested in directing one of our straight (non-musical) shows.  Following  is a brief synopsis of the 9 shows that are still in contention for the upcoming season.

The Director presentations for Musicals will be held on the morning of Saturday January 15th.  Please prepare a 20 minute presentation that you feel would convince the Board that you are the right candidate for the Show(s) that you are interested in directing. Please be prepared for questions regarding your proposal from the Board.  Also please be prepared to let the Board know if you have time constraints that will limit when, during the season, you would be willing/able to direct this show. If you are interested, please contact Marianne Casey so that you may schedule a time slot for the 15th.

Musicals (In Alpha Order):
1940’s Radio Hour – Fabled WOV, a seedy little New York radio station takes to the air at the beginning of World War II, this time to record a broadcast for the troops overseas.
The narrative concerns the harassed producer whose leading singer is often drunk, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet-playing sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller.

Hairspray – Tracy Turnblad, a large girl with big hair and a kind heart, has only one passion–to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and is quickly transformed into a teen celebrity. She then successfully sets out to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of the super handsome Link Larkin, and racially integrate the television show.
Jekyll and Hyde – Concerns a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Convinced the cure for his father’s mental illness lies in the separation of Man’s evil nature from his good, Dr. Henry Jekyll unwittingly unleashed his own dark side, wreaking havoc in the streets of late 19-century London as the savage, maniacal Edward Hyde. He manages to kill scores of people without getting caught. Finally as Jekyll is about to marry his lover, Emma, he turns into Hyde and kills a wedding guest. In the end, Hyde/Jekyll begs his friend Utterson to kill him. Utterson holds a blade to Hyde/Jekyll’s heart but cannot harm his friend. However, Hyde/Jekyll falls forward onto the sword, committing suicide.
Man of LaMancha – The story takes place in the late 16th century. Miguel de Cervantes (a tax collector, soldier, and author) and his assistant, Sancho, foreclose on a church that failed to pay its taxes. Thus, the two men are thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition. The prisoners then steal Cervantes’s possessions. However, he convinces them to allow him to win back a package of papers that would not be of value to other people. Pleading his case, Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and cannnot see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. Don Quixote falls in love with the fair maiden, Aldonza(Dulcina), and convinces her to live a moral life. When Quixote is being knighted, the muleteers brutally assault Aldonza. Quixote and Sancho quickly come to Aldonza’s rescue but in the end, Quixote only preaches forgiveness. Next, Quixote fights off his darkest foe, the Enchanter. Moved by the story, the prisoners return Cervantes’ manuscript (which turns out to be his unfinished novel about Don Quixote) just before he is called before the Inquisition.
Music Man – Con man Harold hill travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. He decides to convince the town that they need a boys’ band and then plans to run away once the boys have paid for instruments and uniforms. He even claims to be a professor of music. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town piano teacher, Marian. Even though she knows that he’s a con man, she still loves him for the hope that he brought to the town. Harold, on the other hand, is inspired by Marian’s goodness, reveals his secrets to the town and becomes an honest man.
Straight Shows (In Alpha Order):
The Heiress – Catherine Sloper, the plain-Jane daughter of wealthy widower Dr. Austin Sloper. Catherine is not only unattractive, but lacks most of the social graces, thanks in great part to the domineering attitudes of her father. When Catherine falls in love with handsome young Morris Townsend, she is convinced that her love is reciprocated, else why would Morris be so affectionate towards her? Dr. Sloper sees things differently, correctly perceiving that Morris is a callow fortune hunter. Standing up to her father for the first time in her life, Catherine insists that she will elope with Morris; but when Dr. Sloper threatens to cut off her dowry, Morris disappears. Still, Catherine threatens to run off with the next young man who pays any attention to her; Sloper, belatedly realizing how much he has hurt his only child, arranges to leave her his entire fortune. Years pass: Morris returns, insisting that he’d only left because he didn’t want to cause Catherine the “grief” of being disinherited. Seemingly touched by Morris’ “sincerity”, Catherine agrees to elope with him immediately. But when Morris arrives at the appointed hour, he finds the door locked and bolted. Asked how she can treat Morris so cruelly, Catherine replies coldly “Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.” Though The Heiress ends on a downbeat note, the audience is gratified to know that Catherine Sloper has matured from ugly-duckling loser to a tower of strength who will never allow herself to be manipulated by anyone ever again.
Moonlight and Magnolias – Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting Gone With the Wind when he realizes the script is awful and the director doesn’t have a clue. He has five days to replace them and restart the shoot or the production shuts down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard to Oz to direct, and he taps legendary playwright, screenwriter and “script doctor” Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. There’s only one problem – Hecht hasn’t read the book. Over the course of five madcap days, the three men, assisted by Selznick’s assistant, Miss Poppenghul, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time, as Selznick and Fleming act out the book for Hecht and the phone rings off the hook with calls from the likes of Vivien Leigh, Louis B. Mayer and Ed Sullivan. The play is written as farce, but the characters also deal with serious questions about race and the tenuous power of Jewish executives in Hollywood.
The Trip to Bountiful – Set in the 1940s, the story tells of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston by her daughter-in-law and an overprotective son who won’t let her travel alone.  Old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don’t go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father’s land and the remains of the family home. Her son eventually turns up, and drives her back to Houston.
The Women – Playwright Clare Boothe Luce herself admitted in her introduction to the play, that while the title suggests it will look at the entirety of half the population, her play The Women focuses on a small and exclusive group, as she describes them, “a numerically small group of ladies native to the Park Avenues of America”. But the play is entirely populated by women – there is not a single man in the 35 person cast. And so the play does open a window into the world of women. Not only do we meet these Park Avenue princesses, but we listen into the conversations of the hairdressers, manicurists and saleswomen who serve these women, and share their own lives and concerns.  The play centres on Mary Haines – the ’nice one’ in a group of Manhattan friends. In the opening scene, the ladies play bridge and complain, mostly about men. Mary Haines becomes the object of fun because of her happiness, her seeming contentment with marriage and her husband. Because these are all women with money, this is really all they’ve got to do with their time – they can’t go out and get jobs and so their lives become about shopping, having children, and gossip. And Sylvia’s got the juiciest gossip of the day – Mary Haines’ perfect husband is cheating on her! Sylvia’s manicurist revealed the details to her while painting her nails a divine shade of Jungle Red: Edith (thrilled): Someone we know? Sylvia: No! That’s what’s so awful about it. She’s a friend of this manicurist. Oh, it wouldn’t be so bad if Stephen had picked someone in his own class. But a blonde floosie! Edith: But how did Stephen ever meet a girl like that?  Sylvia: How do men ever meet girls like that? That’s what they live for, the rats! They don’t tell Mary what they know – it’s clear Mary doesn’t know about her husband’s indiscretions either – but Sylvia does flaunt her Jungle Red nails and Mary decides to visit this famous manicurist as well. And Mary’s seemingly perfect world falls apart. She gets all kinds of helpful and not-so-helpful advice from friends and her mother (she advises her daughter to keep quiet, “Keeping still, when you ache to talk, is about the only sacrifice spoiled women like us ever have to make.”) What follows are confrontations between Mary and the Other Woman – Crystal Allen – in dressing rooms of department stores, more gossiping among friends during exercise class and at the salon. Finally, Mary decides on a Reno divorce but before she can go through with it, she decides not to be the nice girl anymore