Lincoln students tackle roles in
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[February 17, 2009]
A lesson in why teenagers treat
their peers the way that they do could sum up Lincoln College's next
play, "Columbinus," opening Feb. 26. Two students from Lincoln have
been cast in the play, which deals with the subject of the April
1999 Columbine High School shootings. Marjorie White, daughter of
Duane and Rita White of Lincoln, and Mikel Frost, son of Tom and
Bobbi Frost of Lincoln, portray characters similar to those who were
killed in the tragedy.
White plays the faith role, portraying the student who is a
Christian. She says it wasn't that hard to play the character. "I'm
a Christian, so I tried to think about my own personal experiences
of talking to God," she said. "As I was learning the lines, I found
I asked some of the same questions that my character asks, so it was
easy to do."
This production is only White's second role in
theater performance so she is still getting acclimated in working
with other actors. "Since the production has the actors in different
positions throughout the performance, I really had to concentrate on
the tempo of the play," she said.
White is an accomplished dancer and a member of the Lincoln
College Dance Force.
Frost is no stranger to the stage. He starred in last year's
production of "Antigone" and also sings with the Lincoln College
Chorale. In this performance he plays three roles: the parent of the
freak student, the coach and a creative writing teacher.
He found the task of playing various roles to be slightly
overwhelming. "This is the first time I have been cast in three
roles at once, so to prepare I researched the bios of each character
and tried to focus on how that particular character would react to
the situation," he said.
One topic both actors agreed on is what they hope people will
learn after seeing the performance.
"I've learned that it's how people react to you. What's normal to
me might be awkward to others," replied Frost.
White is also concerned about the audience perception of the
story. "I think it's important for people to understand what
happened," she said. "There might be kids out there that still feel
the anger and emotions that Eric and Dillon did. I think we need to
examine the underlying reason of why this happened."
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She added that she hopes the audience doesn't blame the characters.
"I sincerely hope they don't blame the shooters, and realize that
these two boys had problems," she said. "They were human beings and
everyone needs to understand that."
Frost admitted that he, too, wanted the audience not to be scared
of the topic. "I hope the audience does not view this as a shooting
story, but rather a story of how people around us can shape our
perceptions of each other," he said.
The show is intended for mature audience members only.
Showtime for "Columbinus" is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and
Feb. 28, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 1.
Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for children and senior
citizens. To reserve tickets, call the ticket voice mail at
217-732-3155, ext. 280, and leave your ticket request message.
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