Pequot Lakes theater to hit stage with 'Bus Stop'
PEQUOT LAKES—Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present the comedy "Bus Stop" at 7:30 p.m. July 11-13 and July 17-19 in the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.
"Bus Stop" is William Inge's story of what happens when a snowstorm forces the ill-assorted passengers of a bus to be stranded overnight in a roadside diner. The year is 1955.
Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with beautiful nightclub singer named Cherie. He wants to take Cherie back to his native Montana and marry her, but she dreams of traveling to Hollywood and becoming famous.
When she resists his advances, Decker forces Cherie onto the bus back to Montana with him. But when the bus makes an unscheduled stop in rural Kansas due to bad weather, the tables are turned.
The eight characters in this romantic comedy are:
• Elma Duckworth, an intelligent, romantic, but naïve high school student working at the diner, played by Ali Sommerness, Pequot Lakes;
• Grace Hoyland, owner of the diner who's been around and seen everything, played by Jen Anderson, Pine River;
• Will Masters, the local sheriff, a down-to-earth older man, played by Rich Dreissig, Nisswa;
• Cherie, a nightclub singer, played by Brianna Engels, Pequot Lakes;
• Dr. Gerald Lyman, a Shakespeare-quoting college professor with a dark secret, played by Isaak Anderson, Pine River;
• Carl, the bus driver with a not-so-secret yen for Grace, played by Ben Gordon, Pine River;
• Bo Decker, a young champion cowboy, just off the ranch and determined to make Cherie his own, played by Phylipe Bell, Pequot Lakes; and
• Virgil, an older ranch hand, guardian of Bo, played by CJ Anderson, Pequot Lakes.
Michael Sander, Pine River, is the director; Tim Leagjeld, Pine River, is the set designer; Deb Binda, Crosslake, is in charge of costumes and properties; Gordon is the stage manager; and Craig Friday, Crosslake, is the technical director.
Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at www.glapa.info, or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors age 60 and older and $10 for youths.
This production, sponsored by Breezy Point Resort, concludes the 2017-18 season for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts.