IN THE WINGS – Lake Superior State University student production assistant Amanda Cady looks on as cast members of Leading Ladies run through a scene during recent writer's conference hosted at LSSU. The LSSU Theater Department will present the comedy, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Prof. Jenn Hunter, Nov. 2-4 at the LSSU Arts Center Auditorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets -- $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students – are available at the Norris Center box office on campus or may be purchased at the door. The Arts Center box office opens a half-hour before all performances. Cady is a sophomore in Liberal Studies from Eben Junction, Mich. (LSSU/John Shibley)
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University's Theater Department will present the comedy "Leading Ladies," written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Prof. Jenn Hunter, Nov. 2-4 at the LSSU Arts Center Auditorium.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Tickets -- $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students – are available at the Norris Center box office on campus or may be purchased at the door. The Arts Center box office opens a half-hour before all performances.
The play features characters Jack and Leo, two down-on-their-luck actors who have been reduced to touring the Moose Lodge Circuit of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an elderly lady in York, Penn., is about to die and leave her fortune to her long-lost nephews, they decide to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Trouble arises when they get to York and realize that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces.
Playwright Ken Ludwig combines romantic entanglements, miscommunication, and scheming from all sides. The result is an evening of high farcical comedy and plenty of laughs.
LSSU alumnus Kevin White, who plays Leo, said the audience should enjoy the play even more than the cast has enjoyed preparing for it.
"It's been fun working on this production," said White, who graduated with an exercise science degree in 2011 and has performed in several LSSU and community productions. "…It can be hard work, but there needs to be hard work for any play to come out looking as polished and funny and ready as 'Leading Ladies.'
"I don't really ever get nervous before plays," White continued, "but, to me, this is one of those plays where I don't think anyone performing really has any reason to be nervous. We've read it, we've worked it, and I think we're ready. We all worked really hard to bring people a great show, and I think we'll accomplish that."
John Toon, a psychology major with a minor in speech and drama from Southgate, is playing Jack. This is his second and largest role in a theater performance at LSSU.
"For this acting experience, my favorite part has been discovering and rediscovering new ideas and ways to play the character that I am performing," he said. "I've found that the more I investigate my character -- by reading and re-reading the script -- the more comfortable and confident I am in my interpretation of him."
This is Hunter's first semester at LSSU and first time directing a production here, although she has directed many plays in previous positions. She comes to LSSU from Portland, Ore., where she graduated with a master's degree in fine arts in directing from University of Portland.
In Portland, Hunter was directing more than a dozen musical and non-musical productions throughout the Northwest. She was the artistic director of ComedySportz in Spokane, Wash., as well as a company member of the Portland team. She also toured nationally as an actor/director for Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Hunter said some of her favorite productions include "Footloose," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Lend Me a Tenor," "Rocky Horror Picture Show," and "The Crucible."
Hunter also holds bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from University of Montana and a master's degree in education from Eastern Washington University. She has also studied the Meisner Approach to Acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
For more information, contact Hunter at email@example.com or 906-635-2735. -LSSU-
CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Shibley, 635-2314, email@example.com; Prof. Jennifer Hunter, 635-2735, firstname.lastname@example.org