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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.

Grosse Pointe Theatre presents The Exonerated, Actual stories of those falsely accused and imprisoned

Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Purdon Studio Theatre presents The Exonerated by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank, the compelling true stories of six people who, wrongfully convicted of murder, served harrowing sentences on death row waiting for their own execution. (Subsequently proven innocent, they were released and exonerated of the crimes.)

The Exonerated opens Friday, February 18, 8:00 p.m. at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Activities Center, 1100 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores. The $35 opening night performance includes a wine and hors d’oeuvres afterglow.


The Exonerated continues on February 19, 25, and 26 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays, February 20 and 27 with 2:00 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $12 for these performances. Call Grosse Pointe Theatre at 313-881-4004 for tickets or go on-line at Seating is limited.


This play is suitable for mature audiences only. The compelling script is based upon court records, media accounts, and the actual narratives of those exonerated. The authors, Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank, a husband and wife team, have been active in causes related to the death penalty and have received the Champion of Justice Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for this play.


The entire script for The Exonerated is in the actual words of the exonerated prisoners, as well as the judges, attorneys, friends and families. Audiences should be aware that all these characters are real.  The names have not been changed.  They are currently alive and surviving their horrendous experiences as prisoners on death row.  We have seen their faces and heard their voices in the HBO movie of The Exonerated.


The Rev. Canon Ron Spann, Detroit, is the Spirituality Center Director and a priest associate at Christ Church Grosse Pointe. Rev. Spann plays Delbert Tibbs, a poet and former seminary student.  Ron has been in contact with the real Delbert Tibbs, now living in Chicago and an activist for the anti-capital punishment cause.


Sharron Nelson, Grosse Pointe, plays Sunny Jacobs who, along with her husband, was erroneously convicted of shooting two police officers. Unfortunately Sunny Jacob’s husband was executed before the proof of their innocence was revealed.


Thomas Wilson, Detroit, plays David Keaton, who was convicted as a teenager of a murder of which he was innocent. Kirkland Williams, Grosse Pointe, plays Robert Hayes, a horse trainer in Florida, falsely convicted of murder and rape. Jerry Nehr; Grosse Pointe Woods, portrays Gary Gauger, a mid-west farmer, found innocent of the murder of his parents after serving many years in prison. Alan Canning, Bloomfield Hills, plays Kerry Max Cook.  Cook was convicted of the murder of a woman he had seen only once, years before she was found murdered.  He was subsequently found to be innocent through DNA evidence. Roles of wives, attorneys, judges, police, relatives and friends are played variously by Peter DiSante of S.C.S., Don Couture of Harrison Township, Pat O’Brien, Grosse Pointe Park , and Heather Neely, Detroit .


Lois Bendler is the director and set designer and Arlene Marie Schoenherr is the producer/stage manager. Both women reside in St. Clair Shores.  Ginger Hupp, Grosse Pointe, is the show’s costume consultant.  Eric Lesczynski, Grosse Pointe Woods, is doing the lighting and Eric Vreeland, St. Clair Shores, is doing sound.


Grosse Pointe Theatre’s 63rd Season continues:


Following The Exonerated, Grosse Pointe Theatre presents Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, March 6, 10-13, 16-19, 2011, on its main stage, Fries Auditorium at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms . The final show of the season will be The Scarlet Pimpernel, based on the works by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, May 8, 12-15, 18-21, 2011.

Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Youth on Stage will produce a children’s version of the musical, Annie Jr. with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan, based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie, on April 9 & 10, 2011.  Call the theatre for details.

For more information about Grosse Pointe Theatre, please visit the website at or phone 313-881-4004.


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.

Learn More About the Benefits of a Montessori Education

Families interested in the benefits of a Montessori education will be able to learn more and personally experience the Montessori educational approach during Montessori Information Night at The Grosse Pointe Academy on Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

During Montessori Information Night, parents will observe demonstrations from Academy Early School teachers highlighting the Montessori method’s child-centered, individualized approach to education.  The evening event will detail the areas of the classroom, learning experiences, and benefits of the Montessori program at The Grosse Pointe Academy.

Call the Admissions Office at 313-886-1221 or log onto for more information. See the story at

Robert Evans, Ed.D. to Speak at a Free Parenting Workshop at Grosse Pointe Academy

There is no harder job than being a parent. As the pace of life accelerates, as media influences intensify, and as the future grows less predictable, parents and teachers find it harder to know how to raise competent, caring children, how to resist negative influences in the surrounding culture, and how to help foster strength and resilience.

Robert Evans, Ed.D., this year’s Grosse Pointe Academy McMillan Lecturer, will outline these dilemmas and offer concrete suggestions for successful coping both at home and at school. The lecture is free to the public and will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in the Tracy Fieldhouse, 171 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.

A clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, MA, Dr. Evans has worked with schools and families around the country for thirty-five years. His presentations are known for their lively wit and plain talk. He is the author of many articles and three books, including Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing.

There will be a question-and-answer session and book signing following the presentation. Refreshments will be served. For more information, download a flyer or call 313-886-1221.

The William Charles McMillan III Lecture Series is a gift from Thayer and Gioconda McMillan given in memory of William in the interest of emphasizing the importance of elementary education.

A Q&A with Jennifer Kendall on Montessori Education

Q: What are the benefits of a Montessori education?

A:  Montessori programs offer children an individualized program in a full classroom setting.  The materials are introduced to all of the children by their teacher and the children then self direct themselves to choose work that is of interest to them. Maria Montessori felt that “we should not fill children with facts but rather cultivate their own natural desire to learn.” The classrooms have a Practical Life area, where children develop fine motor skills through a care for their environment, Sensorial area, where children learn color, size, texture, and weight through their work, and academic materials in language arts, math, science, and social studies.

Q: What are the differences between a play-based pre-school and Montessori pre-school?

A:  Children in Montessori classrooms are introduced to different materials throughout their Montessori years.  Each of the materials presented by the teacher has a purpose. As an example, while both play-based and Montessori classrooms have something resembling block objects in the room, a Montessori classroom has the Pink Tower of ten varying shaped block units. The tower is a Montessori material that is used to help develop coordination, set a basis for the number system and increase awareness of dimension.

Q: What are the benefits to having my child in a multi-age classroom?

A:  Maria Montessori believed that younger children would benefit from the community formed with the older children. The multi-age classroom allows younger children to learn from the older students and model their behaviors and allows the older students a chance to reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger students.

Q: How do I know if my child is ready for school?

A: All children develop and reach milestones at different times. Signs that your child is ready for school include an interest in being independent, a desire to play with other children, and following directions. Around two and a half to three, many children exhibit these characteristics and are ready for school.

Jennifer J. Kendall will present additional information on Montessori education at The Grosse Pointe Academy on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Early School Building on the GPA campus.  The session is free and open to the public.  For more information or to arrange for a tour, call 313-886-1221 x145.