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Archive for Saturday, August 10, 2002

Community theater offers range of roles

August 10, 2002

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Lawrence Community Theatre is always looking for young actors to try out for their productions. And this season is no different.

The plays and musicals on the lineup provide a range of roles and styles and plenty of opportunities for Kansas University students to get involved.

Mary Doveton, managing and artistic director, said the season is book-ended by a couple of crowd pleasers. The season opens with "Always  Patsy Cline," a musical biography featuring the singer's hits, and "Kiss Me Kate," a show of Cole Porter music. In between are comedies, drama and a family Christmas show.

Here is the season lineup:

 "Always  Patsy Cline," by Ted Swindley, Sept. 20-22 and 26-29 and Oct. 3-6.

Annette Cook, who has appeared as Dolly in "Hello, Dolly!" and Golda in "Fiddler on the Roof" at LCT, will play Cline. The score includes "I Fall to Pieces," "Crazy" and "Your Cheatin' Heart."

 "The Christmas Schooner," by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, 5-8 and 12-15.

The musical is based on the true story of a turn-of-the-century Michigan shipping company captain who braves deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German immigrants.

 "Funny Money," a farce by Ray Cooney, Jan. 17-19, 23-26 and 30 and Feb. 1-2.

"We've found that for our January slot, after the holidays, people just want to sit back and laugh," she said. "There's mistaken identities, chases, dead bodies  it's just fun."

 "Miracles," by Kansas City playwright Frank Higgins, Feb. 28-29 and March 2, 6-9 and 13-16.

The play involves three characters: an autistic teen-age girl, her teacher and her father. The girl has written a book of poetry and her father needs to give his permission before it can be published. However, because the girl communicates through facilitation administered by her teacher, the book's authorship is questioned.

 "Over the River and Through the Woods," by Joe DiPietro, April 11-13, 17-19 and 24-27.

A comedy is about two sets of grandparents whose children have moved away but whose grandson still live in the same town. When the grandson announces he is going to move, too, the grandparents scheme to keep him nearby.

 "Kiss Me Kate," by Cole Porter and Samuel Spewack, June 6-8, 12-15, 19-22 and 27-29.

The musical mixes onstage Shakespeare with off-stage lovers, gangsters and actors.

Doveton said you don't have to be an actor to get involved with the shows. There are plenty of opportunities for Kansas University students to help with props, lighting, costumes or sound, bake cookies or tend the bar at intermission.

And there's a $1,000 scholarship waiting to be awarded.

The Hector and Frances Evans LCT College Scholarship was established by Mike and Marti Butell.

"It's for college students entering or currently enrolled or graduate students," Doveton said. "It's open to any major but they need to volunteer 100 hours at the theater."

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