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Cheaper by the Dozen

dramatization by Christopher Sergel

based on the novel by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

May 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 1992

Plank Road School

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition which he's keeping secret. The children don't understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up.


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Production Staff


Dawn Wellinger


Joe Walsh

Stage Manager

Paul Sheehan

House Manager

Mary Breitrick

Lighting Designer

Mike Adamski

Bob Kafka

Mary Jo Resop

Set Designer

James Evans

Set Construction

James Evans

Tony Garrison

Paul Sheehan


Sound Crew

Mark Horaitis

Jeff Kaplan

Prop Crew

Duane Strojny

Costume Crew

Jennifer Kaufmann

Donna Kay Kohls

Barbara Lynch

Make Up

Jennifer Guss

Lisa Hajek


Mary Weber



Mr. Gilbreth David Blank  
Mrs. Gilbreth Nancy Wagner  
Anne Laura-Nicole Musolf  
Ernestine Claire Zeidler  
Martha Kim Degenhardt  
Frank David Dreckmann  
Bill Ryan Woody  
Lillian Angie Lughran  
Fred Adam York  
Dan Michael Domres  
Jack Magie Meloy  
Mrs. Fitzgerald Sheri Treiber  
Dr. Burton Herbert Hucke  
Joe Scales Nathaniel Miller  
Miss Brill Lynn Bartkus  
Larry Scott Wentwoth  


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