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‘Dead Ringer brings Old West to LCC

‘Dead Ringer brings Old West to LCC
  • On September 13, 2018

By Shauna Stocken
A&E Editor

Already feeling the weight of fall semester classes? Take a break with friends at LCC’s upcoming production of “Dead Ringer.”

A cast of three actors and additional crew members will present the play at the Black Box Theatre, located in room 1422 of the Gannon Building, Sept. 28-29 and again Oct. 5-6 at 8 p.m.

“I’ve been here 30 years and I don’t recall ever doing a western, and this (play) is a western,” said Mary Matzke, theatre adjunct instructor at LCC and director of Dead Ringer.

The play selection committees read through “Dead Ringer” and chose the piece together last summer, according to Dr. John Lennox, who is the theatre faculty program chair.

“I’m going to do the gun safety because they’re using firearms,” Lennox said. “They have six-shooters. It’s Western. So I am going to be showing them how to use them safely and all that kind of stuff.”

The play is about a man, Tyra Cole, who trains horses while watching over his disabled sister (Mary) by locking her inside a cell during the day.

What happens after the third character, Dwight Foley, comes to town will offer a twist that must be seen live to appreciate.

“You can’t have too many actors performing in the Black Box Theatre,” Matzke said. “This show, any kind of show, there were challenges … The challenges when you only have three actors is that there are a lot of lines to learn.”

According to Lennox, experiencing live theatre is beneficial for both LCC students and community member because it exposes the audience to cultures that may not be familiar.

“It rounds us out in our understanding of humanity; our understanding of our community and the world around us,” Lennox said.

For more information on Dead Ringer and other upcoming LCC productions, visit