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Iowa Central fall play begins Thursday

October 6, 2013
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Iowa Central Community College will present "John Lennon and Me!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Decker Auditorium.

The play is told from the perspective of a young teenage girl who has suffered from cystic fibrosis most of her life. But instead of only seeing her illness, the audience can also see her extraordinary spirit, said Director Teresa Jackson.

"It's such an unusual show, unlike any I have directed," Jackson said. "I absolutely love good playwriting, and that describes Cherie Bennett beautifully. I love her story and how gently and creatively she tells it. What seems like a somber subject matter is actually told with joy, flair and hope."

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Iowa Central Community College will present its fall play, “John Lennon and Me!” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Decker Auditorium. Among the cast are, from left, Caleb Henkleman, Tara Jackson, Dakota Demery and Emily Garst.

The play takes place in Heart House, a home for kids which is attached to a hospital, where Star has lived most of her life. She confronts her illness with flair-by surrounding herself with MTV-inspired bodyguard Flunkies, and by challenging her therapy nurse to boxing matches and dance contests.

"However, when Star gets a new roommate, a vivacious cheerleader who seems quite healthy, well, it becomes a friendship that changes her world," she said.

The script incorporates music, Jackson said, and also allows directors to choose appropriate songs.

Fact Box

Cast List for 'John Lennon & Me'

Teenagers:

Star (aka Stella Grubner): Tara Jackson

Courtney Cambridge: Emily Garst

Sally Kasem: Courtney Skeens

Julie Rowen: Jade Green

Tom Lowell: Dakota Demery

Jeff Levine: Caleb Henkelman

The Adults:

Dr. Scott Rhodes: DeMarco Moore

Nurse Janice Bobrin: Anna Wulfekuhler

"The Torturer" (aka Ina Tortunesky): Maria Francoise

Claudia Grubner: Lizzy Stacey

Courtney's Shrill Mom: Alex Sudbrock

The Ensembles:

Heart House Residents:

Eddie Shimkat (Stan)

Chelsea Eggers

Kelso Breitsprecher (Kevin)

Libby Augustine

Daniel Peet (Lee)

Rachael Smith

Justin Anderson

Flunkies: (Star's Magical Assistants)

Khari Brown

Samantha Lennon

Darius Brown

Melanie Philavanh

Nolan Mitchell

Emily Evans

Luis Sifuentes

Jenny Lampe

Michael Hale

Jacob Halferty

The cast includes members from the cross country, track and wrestling teams, and from the Cheer Squad and Dance Team as well.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students kindergarten through college, and available at iowacentral.edu/bookstore, at the ICCC bookstore, by calling 574-1081, or at the door.

 
 

 

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