Lincoln College Theatre Department presents
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[DEC. 3, 2004]
Lincoln College Theatre Department's second performance of the season,
the drama "Picnic," opened Thursday evening at the
Johnston Center for Performing Arts. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a
matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.
"Picnic," by William Inge, is based on the tale of a stranger who comes to town
and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change. "Picnic" shakes up
the lives of its typical characters, dredging up suppressed feelings
and buried resentments. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Inge
depicts the pleasure -- and the pain -- of risking everything to
choose your own path.
Director D. Ann Jones feels that the production showcases the range of talent that is currently available at
Lincoln College. "It is a valuable play for actors to work on
because of its ensemble of characters," she said. "The play is about
passion awakening in people who have a drab existence. The audience
will find that each character has a dream, and as the story unfolds
they will see who pursues those dreams. What is interesting is
watching those characters fight for what they want and seeing who
achieves their dreams."
Jones expected to see outstanding performances from her students
involved with the play. "We have a very strong cast, and I feel that
has put us ahead of the game," she said. "There is a good mix of
experience and newcomers."
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Cast members are Emily Roberts, of Milford, as Madge Owens;
Jacquis Neal, of Lansing, and Alex Brown, of Creve Coeur, as Hal
Carter; Rosemary Snipes, of Chicago, as Flo Owens; Emily Escobedo,
of Loves Park, as Millie Owens; Crystal Diaz, of Chicago, as Helen
Potts; Josh Sebeny, of Lincoln, as Bomber; Ashley Davis, of
Sandwich, as Rosemary Sydney; Benny Williamson, of Springfield, and
Jason Hodge, of Chicago, as Alan Seymour; Betsy Buttell, of Lincoln,
as Irma Kronkite; Ashley Amigoni, of Minonk, as Christine
Schoenwalder; and Vince Giles, of Lansing, as Howard Bevans.
Tracey Cappetta, of Homewood, is the student assistant director.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children and senior
citizens. To reserve tickets, call (217) 732-3155, ext. 280. Office
hours are until 5 p.m. Friday.
College news release]