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Abbey Broussard, Centenary
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Lyons Playhouse Announces Cast of As Bees in Honey Drown
Patric McWilliams has assembled a cast of 20 for the Douglas Carter Beane
comedy, As Bees in Honey Drown, at Centenary College's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.
A smash off-Broadway
hit, As Bees in Honey Drown has at its center a self-invented socialite/con
woman, Alexa Vere De Vere. Katie Hall will portray this campy diva who
claims Auntie Mame as her chief inspiration. She is a self-described promoter
of rock stars who's now in the market for an even greater dose of exploitation.
Alexa runs across the photograph of an up-an-coming novelist, Evan Wyler,
in a magazine and is certain she has found her next prey. The comedy
is about Alexa wining and dining him while creating visions of fame and
fortune in his mind. The "Bees" of the title are the almost famous who
are drawn in to the drowning point by the lure of big-time fame.
Hall, seen this summer
as Claudia in MLP's Nine musical, won Times Drama Awards
as best actress in a play for Centenary's Lips Together, Teeth Apart
and best supporting actress in a musical for the college's Grand
Hotel. Among her other MLP appearances are 42nd Street, Tony Tunes,
Big River, Angels in America, The Devils, Dancing at Lughnasa, and
Sweet Charity. Hall, a theater graduate of Centenary, is an
account executive for KSLA-TV.
Joshua Porter, a sophomore
theater major, will be portraying Evan Wyler, a 20-something New York writer
savoring the success of his debut novel. Porter's repertoire includes Gross
Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Peter Pan; How I Learned to
Drive. and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He received a TDA nomination
as best supporting actor in a musical for Grand Hotel.
Heather Peak plays
Bethany, an actress. Peak has appeared at MLP in productions of The
Devils; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Dancing at Lughnasa; Hamlet; I Hate
Hamlet; Camino Real, and Smile. She also received a TDA
as best supporting actress for her performance as Caliban in The Tempest.
Vanessa Keller, a Centenary
theater graduate, will play the dancer Illya. Keller has been seen
in MLP productions of Angels in America, 42nd Street, Dracula, Coastal
Disturbances, Blood Brothers, Tony Tunes, Picasso at the Lapin Agile
and God's Country.
Creating the role of
Morris Kaden, a recording producer, is Centenary's visiting assistant professor
of speech Nathan Thomas, who played Carson in Gross Indecency: The Three
Trials of Oscar Wilde at MLP. He has numerous acting credits with roles
in Educating Rita, I Ought To Be In Pictures and Plaza Suite,
all for the Repertory Theatre of America.
Ryan Williams, a theatre
graduate from Centenary who is now teaching drama at Loyla Prep, will play
Michael, an ex-boyfriend of Alexa. Ryan received a TDA as best supporting
actor in a musical for his creation of one of the twins in Blood Brothers.
His other MLP appearances include Grand Hotel, 42nd Street, The Tempest,
Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Assassins, Little Women, God's Country and
A Perfect Ganesh.
Tommy Welch will play
Skunk, a modern-day rock star. Welch has appeared in other MLP productions,
including Suburbia, Diary of Anne Frank, Dracula and God's Country.
Other cast members:
The set and light design
are by Don Hooper, the technical director at Centenary. Katie Coffman
is the assistant director/stage manager. Randi Smith is in charge of properties.
Kermit Poling will compose original music and Michael Tooke is in charge
of the sound design.
makes her MLP debut as a photographer's assistant.
plays a fashion photographer. He has appeared in MLP productions
of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Picasso at the
Lapin Agile; The Tempes;, Peter Pan; 42nd Street; A Perfect Ganesh, and
How I Learned to Drive.
Garret Moon, who was Lord
Alfred in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, plays
J.W. Steves plays a model.
Kathryn Shelton and Sarah
Perkins play back-up singers.
Eric Champney plays Ronald,
a department store clerk.
Emily Kirkland and Heidi
Kristensen play actresses.
Barbara Bearden, Tamitha
Zook and Charity Schubert play various secretaries and store clerks.
Crystal Burkhardt plays
Performance dates are
Nov. 9,10,11, 16,17,17, at 8 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., with a special
preview at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Preview tickets are $5 each.
Regular performance tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens,
$8 for students, and $6 for children 12 and under. Performances are
free to Centenary faculty and students.
The box office will
be open from 12 to 4 p.m. starting Nov. 2. Tickets may also be reserved
for the play by calling 318-869-5242.
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