"Bus Stop," a comedy by 1950s playwright William Inge, is a story
about eight lost souls who are stranded at Grace's roadside diner
during a blizzard in the Midwest. The relationships formed by a
group of marooned bus passengers focuses on the kindling romance
between a nightclub singer and a headstrong cowboy, as well as the
poignant lives of the other folks in this street-corner coffee shop.
Until the snow is blown away and the curtain is pulled, the story
leaves us to wonder how many will change for the better or whether
the characters will return to their old ways.
students performing in "Bus Stop" are Anastasia James of
Williamsville in the role of Elma; Sari Melnicoff of Naperville in
the role of Grace; Craig Noort of Lansing in the role of Bo; Shawn
Simmons of Manhattan as Bo's sidekick, Virgil; Erica Cotter of
Fairbury in the role of Cherie; Jason Richards of Chicago in the
role of Dr. Lyman; Eric Wittke of Waterman in the role of Will
Masters, the local sheriff; and Pat Daly of Buckingham in the role
of Carl, the bus driver. Alyssa Ciolli of Chicago will serve as the
stage manager, and Tiffany Chandler of Peoria is the assistant stage
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"Bus Stop" is directed by Chris Gray of the college's fine arts
Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. April 19, 20 and 21, with a matinee
performance at 2 p.m. April 22.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $4 for children and senior
citizens. To reserve tickets, call 217-732-3155, ext. 280, Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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