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‘Stages of Change’ will go live Sept. 25

‘Stages of Change’ will go live Sept. 25
  • On September 22, 2020

By Julie Newell 
Associate Editor 

A new LCC performing arts group called “Stages of Change” is having its first performance on Friday, Sept. 25.  

The group is a combination of LCC students and alumni led by LCC Performing Arts Coordinator Paige Dunckel.  

“Melissa Kaplan … she used to be the production coordinator for performing arts … she really wanted to start something that would keep LCC theater and performing arts relevant and visible in the community,” Dunckel said.  “So we came up with the idea of getting current students and alumni together to form a performance group.” 

According to Dunckel, “Stages of Change” has around 40 members. It is meant to be a platform for students to create and share original work on current issues they feel strongly about.  

“We want to talk about what’s going on in the world,” Dunckel said. “A lot of these pieces reflect all of the issues that we’ve all been experiencing these last six months. It’s really important for our students to be able to voice their feelings and opinions about this, and we’re doing it through theater.” 

There will be seven original pieces performed Sept. 25 that follow the theme of change.  

One of those pieces is called “Don’t Be a Mask-hole,” written by Christopher Verhil and Tyler Frease.  

LCC Studio Theatre student Kayla Henry will play the character Gertrude in the piece.

“It’s a short 10-minute play called ‘Don’t be a Mask-hole’, which really kind of brings what’s going on in our world into light,” Henry said. “(It) really questions the (controversy) and the stereotypes that you would find in people who currently wear masks, or choose not to, if that’s their choice.”  

This event will take place virtually on the performing arts’ Facebook page, live at 7 p.m. To watch, go to  

“We put our hearts and souls into this show,” Henry said. “We had some really hard hitters come into play and you really just don’t want to miss it.”