Directed by Corwin Georges, professor of theatre and dance and department chair, the play is described as a "warm-hearted classic that begins when a blizzard leaves passengers stranded overnight in a small-town diner about 30 miles west of Kansas City. Among those passengers is Cherie, a night club chanteuse who has been 'abducted' by a 21-year old, 'tall, lanky, cowboy' by the name of Bo Decker. Bo is determined to take Cherie to Montana and marry her. Although Cherie strongly protests and tries to fight off Bo's advances, she has 'a funny feeling' that she's 'gonna end up in Montana.'"
The roles of the eight characters are played by Jessica Bruce, class of 2010 from Powell, Ohio, as the waitress Elma Duckworth; Amber Bodi, class of 2010 from Grand Rapids, Ohio, as Grace Hoylard, the owner of the restaurant; Nick Vukasovich, class of 2008 from Birmingham, Mich., as Sheriff Will Masters; Jordan Davis, class of 2009 from Maineville, Ohio, as Cherie, a chanteuse; Evan Smith, class of 2009 from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., as Dr. Gerald Lyman, former college professor; Collin Wenzell, class of 2010 from Half Moon Bay, Calif., as Carl, the bus driver; Paden Frank, class of 2010 from Groveport, Ohio, as Virgil Blessing, the ranch hand; and Benjamin Turner, SCE from Springfield, Ohio, as Bo Decker, the young rancher and cowboy.
Working behind the scenes are Martha Sawicki, class of 2011 from Buffalo, N.Y., as stage manager; Paden Frank as technical director; and Patsy McCormack, class of 2011 from Sunset Beach, Calif., as master electrician.
Costumes were designed by Debbie Henderson, technical assistant for theatre and dance, and the set was designed by Jimmy Humphries, associate professor of theatre and dance. The set replicates a dingy, corner diner-type bus stop in a small Kansas town, and Humphries included the checkered floor, bar and bar stools, quaint tables and a variety of details that bring it to life, including a greyhound above the door, a magazine rack and writing on the wall by the phone.
"Visually, it is a great 50s dinner," Henderson said, adding that the costumes fit the atmosphere.Tickets will go on sale for $4 on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Student Service Center, Benham-Pence Student Center. Tickets will also be available at the theatre box office prior to each performance. The public is welcome to attend.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
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