Friday, May 24, 2013
It's truly a family affair at Portland Players with the production of ''Cheaper by the Dozen.''
The cast of the comedy based on the story of the 1920s Gilbreth family includes members of two real-life local families.
Acting together are a mother, daughter and grandson, as well as a brother and sister.
Paula Price of Cape Elizabeth is in the show, along with her daughter Rebecca Kaplan and grandson Westley Brinegar of South Portland.
''We planned to audition together, hoping we'd all get parts, but we also agreed that we'd need to be very gentle with each other if one or more of us didn't get in,'' Price said in a press release.
Price plays the housekeeper, although she admits she tried out for the role of the mother of 12 in the play. Her daughter got that role. Kaplan's 7-year-old son, Westley, plays the youngest of the stage children.
Also in the show are Griffin and Blair Carpenter of Cape Elizabeth. Griffin plays Larry, the teenager vying for the oldest Gilbreth sibling's affections. Blair, his sister, plays Lillian Gilbreth.
Stacy Koloski directs the community-theater production, and Hollye Seddon is the stage manager.
''Cheaper by the Dozen'' tells the story of a family of 14, whose patriarch, Frank Gilbreth, is a corporate efficiency expert.