L.A.H.S. grad earns lead role in ACTS’ ‘Bus Stop’

By MIKE RIZZUTO

Sun Times Editor

A local McNeese State University college student and 2007 graduate of Lake Arthur High School will be playing the lead role in the Lake Charles ACTS Theater’s production of William Inge’s comedy, “Bus Stop,” opening on January 10th, 2009 in ACTS’ 1 Reid Street Theatre in Lake Charles.

Katrina Florence Marie Rizzuto, the 19-year-old daughter of Mike and Sharon Rizzuto of Gueydan, plays “Cherie” in the production. Rizzuto previously performed in the ACTS’ production of the comedy, “Harvey,” during the year 2008. She was mentored at Lake Arthur High School by her drama coach, Ms. Laurie Duhon.

The fictional “Bus Stop” is set in, yes, a bus stop, on the highway from Kansas City to Topeka on a snowy evening where the bus travelers and the cafe workers are confined because of the winter conditions.

Over the course of one evening, each character has a chance to reveal his or her life story. Rizzuto’s character, “Cherie,” has been abducted by a cowboy named “Bo” and is to be married at his ranch in Montana.

“Cherie” was a nightclub singer in Kansas City until she was put on the bus headed west. Bo is determined to marry Cherie and will consider nothing else, even when threatened by the local sheriff.

Adam Reed, who previously starred in “Stepping Out,” plays Bo.

The rest of the cast includes Tracy LeMieux as “Grace,” the cafe owner; Coleen Locklin (“Annie, Get Your Gun”) as cafe employee Elma Duckworth; Keith Appling (“Annie, Get Your Gun”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”) as Dr. Gerold Lymon, a lush of a college professor on the run from his numerous wives; Nick Woodley as Vergil Blessing, Bo’s sidekick and ranch hand; Dave Grimm (“South Pacific,” “Scrooge”); and Jeff Taylor (“Scrooge”) as Sheriff Will Masters.

Shows are also scheduled for January 11th and January 16th-18th. The curtains go up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

ACTS Director Marc Pettaway is staging the show, with help from McNeese University student and Gueydan native Stephanie LePretre (“Harvey”).

Tickets are $17.50 for adults and $10.00 for students at the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office, Lakeshore Pharmacy, Moss Bluff Flower and Gift Shop, and at www.actstheatre.com.

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