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‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ opens Friday at Aiken Community Theatre

February 15, 2019 GMT

“Cheaper by the Dozen” is the Aiken Community Theatre Youth Wing’s main stage production for the 2018-19 season.

ACT will present the comedy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Feb. 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket prices are as follows: adults, $20; seniors, $17; students and children, $12; and active military, $17.

For tickets, call 803-648-1438, visit aikencommunitytheatre.org or stop by the box office at 126 Newberry St. S.W.

“Cheaper by the Dozen” is a warm, family comedy based closely on the 1947 book, according to a news release from ACT. It was adapted for the stage in 1992 and also has been adapted into two films.


The plot line centers around the real-life adventures of Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, who raised their 12 children following the father’s application of time and efficiency techniques he developed for use in industry.

“The comedy is a perfect story for a wide range of young actors and actresses,” said JC Crider, the director of the show. “Another great thing about this show is that adults can see themselves in every character and enjoy reliving their youth and parenting experiences through all stages of the story.”

Wendy Dietzel is in charge of costuming the 17-member cast in 1920′s clothing. She also is loaning the production her newly adopted dog, Twig, who is making her stage debut in the show.

As a tie-in to Twig’s appearance in the show, the Friends of the (Aiken County) Animal Shelter – from where Twig was adopted – and ACT will have a FOTAS representative in the lobby. The FOTAS representative will share information about FOTAS’ support of the Aiken County Animal Shelter’s adoption programs on Sunday before the matinee performance.

The cast of ”Cheaper by the Dozen” is as follows: Adult Frank Gilbreth Jr., Jacob Mastromonico; Adult Ernestine Gilbreth, Adrienne Prupis; Frank Gilbreth Sr., Alex Hanna; Lillian Moller Gilbreth, Caroline Taylor; Frank Gilbreth Jr., Christian Bradshaw; Ernestine Gilbreth, Gracey Sims; Martha Gilbreth, Abby Davis; Anne Gilbreth, Ella Dietzel; Bill Gilbreth, Daniel Ateca; Fred Gilbreth, Jack Defeo; Joe Scales, Scott Woodworth; Larry, Luke Williams; Lillian Gilbreth, Corrine Gelinas; Jackie Gilbreth, Audrey Dietzel; Dan Gilbreth, Titus Ransom; Miss Brill, Alexandra Hathaway; Doctor Burton, John Allensworth; Mrs. Fitzwallace, Kelsey Sherman; and $5 Dog, Twig.

“Cheaper by the Dozen” was adapted from the book by Christopher Sergel, Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.

ACT is in the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts at 126 Newberry St. S.W.