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Centenary's Marjorie Lyons Playhouse Announces Cast for Junie Moon
SHREVEPORT, LA -- The 2002-2003 theatre
season at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse opens on Sept. 19 with a dramatization
of Marjorie Kellogg's touching novel "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie
The novel has been adapted for the
stage by D. D. Brooke and will be directed by Robert Buseick. Don
Hooper is the set and light designer and Patric McWilliams is the costume
designer. Garrett Moon is the assistant to the director and stage
"Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie
Moon" tells the story of three extraordinary people, each handicapped,
who meet in a hospital and instantly form a bond in their search for a
fulfilling, meaningful life. Because they have nowhere else to go,
and no immediate prospects for the future, they make a decision to live
together after being discharged from the hospital. Junie Moon is a young
girl who has been disfigured from an attack by her husband. Warren is a
young man who has been shot and has suffered paralysis as an aftereffect.
Arthur, also a young man, is suffering from a degenerative brain disease.
individual illnesses and infirmities
are at first difficult obstacles to friendship. But gradually, courageously,
they begin to explore the dangerous possibilities of love.
The title character of Junie Moon
will be created by Sara Smith, a freshman theatre major at Centenary.
She is a graduate of Caddo Magnet High School where she played major roles
in productions of "Into The Woods," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Nunsense"
"Little Shop of Horrors." Smith has also appeared in two productions
for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, in the chorus for "Annie" and
as Kim McAfee in "Bye, Bye Birdie."
The role of Warren is being
played by Joshua Porter, a senior theatre major at Centenary. Porter
has appeared at MLP in productions of "Mame," "The Seagull," "Electra,"
"Wit," "Cabaret," "Pride's Crossing," "As Bees In Honey Drown," "Gross
Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde," "Peter Pan," "42nd Street"
"Grand Hotel," for which he received a TDA nomination.
The third member of this triangle,
Arthur, is being played by senior music major, Brandon Thorn. He
has appeared in MLP productions of "Cabaret" and "Mame."
Thorn has also sung with the Shreveport Opera in productions of "Romeo
and Juliet" and "Samson and Delilah."
Charity Schubert plays Gregory, a
rich and sophisticated young lady who befriends Warren and tries to change
his life. She has appeared at MLP in productions of "Wit," "As Bees
In Honey Drown" and "Electra." At East Bank Theatre, she
played Rosalind in the The Company's production of "As You Like It."
Phillip Brooks, who was last seen
at MLP in "The Seagull," plays Mario, an Italian fish store owner
who makes a special connection with Junie Moon. David Bieler, a professor
of geology at Centenary, plays the snoopy neighbor Mr. Wyner. He has appeared
at MLP in productions of "Mame," "42nd Street", "God's Country"
and "Grand Hotel."
Leah Wingate, Ashley Beckham and
Blake A. Baudier play members of the hospital staff. Leah has appeared
in "Wit" and "The Seagull." Wingate was in "Wit," "Electra,"
"The Seagull" and appeared in Peter Pan Players productions of "Little
Mermaid Two" and "The Jungle Book." Baudier is a freshman theatre
major making his MLP debut, has appeared in New Orleans productions of
"Tommy," "Steel Pier," "West Side Story," "Guys and Dolls," "Romeo and
Juliet," "The Crucible," "Bells Are Ringing" and "Footloose."
Amber Walson who appeared last at
MLP in "Wit" creates the role of hospital patient, Minnie.
Jeffrey Loftin plays Goren, a young man who has just had his leg amputated,
and Laura Sentell plays his girlfriend Marilyn. Loftin, is a freshman and
making his MLP debut. Sentell has appeared at MLP in "Cabaret" and
and is a transfer to Centenary from LSU.
"Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie
Moon" plays at 8 p.m. Sept. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 and at
2 p.m. on Sept. 29. There will be a 7 p.m. preview performance on
Wednesday, Sept. 18 with tickets at $5 each. The box office opens
on Thursday, Sept. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets are
adults $13, senior citizens $11, students
$8 and children $6. For reservations
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