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Lincoln Community Theatre productions

Lincoln Community Theatre's remaining productions for the summer are "Steel Magnolias," to be presented July 11-19, and "1776," scheduled for Aug. 1-9. The box office at the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the Lincoln College campus is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; call (217) 735-2614. For more information, visit


[JULY 2, 2003]  "Leslie," by Omar Tyree. Simon & Schuster, 385 pages. Genre: general fiction

Review by Bobbi Reddix

Leslie Beaudet is a student at the prestigious Dillard University in Louisiana, rooming with three distinctly different young African-American women. The three come from different financial stations, have diverse family backgrounds and have a wide range of views on every topic imaginable. The one thing the three roommates do have in common, though, is their view on the beautiful, intelligent, yet mysterious Leslie. Although strong and intelligent, there is something definitely different about her.


In the Beaudet family, Leslie is the glue that keeps this once-proud Haitian family together; she is the rock on whom everyone depends since the departure of their father. Her black Indian mother relies on her for absolutely everything since the departure of Leslie's father. Her younger sister, 18-year-old high school dropout Laetitia, is the mother of two children. She calls on Leslie for a sympathetic ear and secretly envies Leslie's dark good looks and her keen intelligence. Her brother, Pierre, has fallen into the dark underworld of drug dealing and works as a pretty boy for the local bigwig. When he and Leslie were younger, he failed her at a crucial moment in her life and has never lived it down. He stays stands aloof from her and the rest of the family and envies her strength.


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Trying to keep together her dysfunctional family and attend college are stressful enough, but when things begin to fall apart all around her, Leslie has had enough, and through voodoo, she taps into a power she never knew she possessed. Leslie's mask of perfection begins to crack after a series of murders in the New Orleans community in which she lives. When all clues point to Leslie as a murderess, her friends and even her family are beginning to learn that they know very little about her. They all discover that when crossed, with the help of a little voodoo, the lovely Leslie can become dangerous as well.

Omar Tyree is a New York Times best-selling author, a journalist, lecturer, poet and recipient of the 2001 NAACP Image Award for the best work of fiction. His best-selling novels include "Flyy Girl," "A Do Right Man," "Single Mom," "Sweet St. Louis," "For the Love of Money" and "Just Say No!" He lives in Charlotte, N.C.

[Bobbi Reddix, Lincoln Public Library District]

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Lincoln Community Theatre's 'Steel Magnolias' cast

[JUNE 25, 2003]  Director Paul Cary has announced the cast for the Lincoln Community Theatre July 11-19 production of the bittersweet comedy "Steel Magnolias."

Lincoln residents appearing in the production are Kelly Dowling as Annelle and Kay Mullins as Ouiser. Sherry Miles of Springfield, formerly of Lincoln, will appear as Truvy; Patricia Rankin of Mount Pulaski will appear as M'Lynn; and others in the cast are Erica Smith of Auburn as Shelby and Debbie Poynter of Greenview as Clairee.

Lincoln residents involved in producing the show are Paula Stone as technical director, Sarah Bryant as lighting and sound director, and Jackie Camel as wig consultant. Ashley Giberson of Decatur is serving as props chairman and stage manager. LCT board liaisons are Judy Rader and Margo Schwab.


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All performances are in the Johnston Center for Performing Arts, 300 Keokuk in Lincoln.

One week before the opening of each summer production, general admission tickets are offered to the public for $9 for adults and $6 for students through eighth grade. The LCT box office is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday; phone (217) 735-2614. Special ticket rates are available for groups of 20 or more.

Further information on the summer season is available at

[News release]

Classic films return to Lincoln Cinemas

The Logan County Arts Association, in conjunction with GKC Cinemas Corporation, has brought the classic film night series back to the Lincoln Cinemas. The next set of films is scheduled for every second Thursday through October, with shows at 7 p.m.

Classic films lined up for the 2003 season:

  • "Old Yeller," July 10
  • "The Apartment," Aug. 14
  • "Wuthering Heights," Sept. 11
  • "War of the Worlds," Oct. 9

Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. The tickets are available at GKC Lincoln Cinemas.

Anyone wanting more information may call the Logan County Arts Association at (217) 735-4422.

[Press release from the
Logan County Arts Association]

Lincoln Community Theatre information

Lincoln Community Theatre's box office, phone 735-2614,  is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby of the Johnston Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Lincoln College.

The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656; e-mail:

Visit the LDC website at Pictures from past productions are included.

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