KCC and What A Do theatre companies to present ‘Bus Stop’

Promotional slide for "Bus Stop" play

Kellogg Community College Theatre will present the College’s spring play this month in conjunction with What A Do Theatre Company.

The play, William Inge’s romantic drama “Bus Stop,” will begin at 8 p.m. three weekends in February: on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15; on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 through 22; and on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1. The play will also run beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 22.

All performances will be held at the What A Do Theatre, 4071 W. Dickman Road, Springfield, as KCC’s Binda Theatre is being renovated.

KCC theatre instructor Brad Poer, who is directing the production, said the College is proud to coproduce the show with What A Do as the first of what will hopefully be many collaborations.

“As Battle Creek’s professional theatre company, What A Do is a place that creates high-quality, award-winning work,” Poer said. “The partnership connects us with a place KCC students can aspire to work, create and take in theatre on a local level off campus.”

Poer called the play “a great showcase for intimate, detailed acting,” a slice of life play about a handful of people stuck in a Kansas roadside diner in a sudden snowstorm in 1955. The cast of eight includes KCC student Amber Isaacson, who plays Elma, and KCC alumnus James King II, who plays Will. KCC student Chance Loman will serve as assistant stage manager.

“It is an actor’s (and audience) playground, filled with deep, layered characters and a sprinkling of laughter, regret, loneliness and romance,” Poer said.

Tickets are $5 for KCC students with a current KCC ID, $20 for the general public and $18 for seniors age 65 and up, military members and students not attending KCC. The 3 p.m. show on Feb. 22 will be “pay what you can” with a $5 minimum. Tickets may be ordered in advance at www.whatado.org or by contacting the box office at 269-282-1953.

For more information about the production, email Director Brad Poer at poerb@kellogg.edu or What A Do Theatre at whatadopr@gmail.com.

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