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'Bus Stop' to play weeknights in Pequot Lakes

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Submitted Photo Cast members rehearse for "Bus Stop," a Pequot Lakes Community Theatre play to open July 11.2 / 2

Pequot Lakes Community Theatre will present the comedy "Bus Stop" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 11-13, and Tuesday-Thursday, July 17-19, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

"Bus Stop" is William Inge's story of what happens when a 1955 snowstorm forces the ill-assorted passengers of a bus to be stranded overnight in a roadside diner.

Cowboys Beauregard Decker and Virgil Blessing attend a rodeo in Phoenix, where Decker falls in love with a 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 because of bad weather, the tables are turned.

The cast includes: Ali Sommerness as Elma Duckworth, an intelligent, romantic, but naïve high school student working at the diner; Jen Anderson as diner owner Grace Hoyland; Rich Dreissig as local sheriff Will Masters; Brianna Engels as Cheri; Isaak Anderson as Dr. Gerald Lyman, a Shakespeare-quoting college professor with a dark secret; Ben Gordon as Carl, the bus driver with a not-so-secret yen for Grace; Phylipe Bell as champion cowboy Bo Decker; and CJ Anderson as Virgil, an older ranch hand and Bo's guardian.

Other crew include: Michael Sander, director; Tim Leagjeld, set design; Deb Binda, costumes and props; Ben Gordon, stage manager; and Craig Friday, technical director.

Reserved seat tickets may be purchased with a credit card online at www.glapa.info or by calling Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+) and $10 for youth.

This production, sponsored by Breezy Point Resort, concludes the 2017-18 season for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts.