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NLC to Present A Streetcar Named Desire

Streetcar.jpgIRVING - The North Lake College Theatre Company will present A Streetcar Named Desire Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26 at 8 p.m. Presented in the intimate Arena Theatre, admission is free, but prior reservations are recommended. The October 22 dress rehearsal is also open to the public.
 
Written by American playwright Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire first opened on Broadway in 1947. A year later it had received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and lead actor Marlon Brando became an established star. There have been hundreds of adaptations of the play in film, opera, ballet and television. North Lake’s production adds music from the era, sung by a small trio of students.
 
“Decade after decade this is a play audiences continue to love,” explains student Sakyiwaa Baah who plays the part of Stella. “Our cast has a a captivating and often shocking story to tell, and we plan to tell it powerfully.” A graduate of MacArthur High School, Baah won Best Actress Award in the 2013 Schmidt and Jones Awards this summer.
 
With over 31 students in the cast, North Lake’s fall production features Bernardo Costa as Stanley, Catherine McCue as Blanche and Mouden Bongfeldt as Mitch. A total of 60 students attended the fall play audition, a number unusually high for a community college; especially when the play title is not announced until after auditions. Director Valerie Hauss-Smith says there is a role for everyone.
 
“We teach our students to light something, stage manage or handle costumes. You are not always going to be cast as a lead role, so you need to gain other valuable, technical, abilities. We want our students to leave North Lake with an array of real-world skills they can use when they become employed. And they do find jobs in the industry. Voiceover work, teaching, set design…we have graduates all over [the nation.]”
 
A Streetcar Named Desire is recommended for ages 12 and up due to adult language and violence. For reservations call 972-273-3451.
 
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North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College system. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.
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