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Lincoln College Theatre Department presents 'Picnic'     Send a link to a friend

[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.

[Lincoln College news release]

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