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‘Voices: Part Deux’ opens Friday

Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013

From left, Becca Langbehn, Kristy Hubbard and Nathaniel Lyon rehearse a scene for the upcoming production of “Voices: Part Deux.” In the next photo, from left are Mike Lyon, Ian Ames, Kristy Hubbard and Jacque Brown. Next, Mike Lyon, co-director of “Voices: Part Deux,” works with Jamie Never Misses A Shot during a recent rehearsal. Next, Becca Langbehn, Robin Knutson and Richard Carstens rehearse a scene for “Voices: Part Deux.” And next is the entire cast: front row, from left, Gail Eichstadt, Heidi Jensen, Jamie Never Misses A Shot, Jacque Brown, Ian Ames and Robin Knutson; middle row, Kristy Hubbard, Annette Bowen, Georgia Langbehn, Jessica Phillips, Becca Langbehn, Jay Kightlinger, Andrew Kremin and Kathy Quam; and in back, Janet Henson, Brett Weier, Chuck Mahowald, Mike Lyon, Nathaniel Lyon, Nyla Stock, Richard Carstens and Paul Dilley. PHOTOS COURTESY DOLLI PHOTOGRAPHY

The Huron Players and Huron ACT (Area Community Theatre) are teaming up to bring “Voices: Part Duex” back to the stage by popular demand.

Three performances will be presented with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Huron Fine Arts Center, 939 Ohio Ave. S.W. Directors are Mike Lyon and Georgia Langbehn.

Tickets for the show are available online at www.huronact.com, Slumberland Furniture, 98 Dakota Ave. N., and the Center for Independence, 258 Third St. S.W.

The Huron Players are individuals receiving services from the Huron Center for Independence. The Huron Players began teaming with Huron ACT to present live theater four years ago when they presented, “Voices.” The original “Voices” and its sequel were written by KelseyAnne Schoenhaar, founder of Encore Studio for the Performing Arts from Madison, Wis.

Langbehn, client services officer for the Huron Center for Independence, said “Voices: Part Deux” is comprised of six vignettes or one-act plays featuring favorite characters from the original show as well as many new characters.

This year the cast includes people with disabilities who receive support from LifeQuest in Mitchell.

“Each year we have expanded and tried to get more people involved,” Langbehn said. “Last year our expansion effort consisted of taking the show on the road and having one performance in Mitchell.

“This year LifeQuest contacted us saying they had some people interested in performing and a staff member, Jessica Phillips, that had higher education in theater to support them,” she said. “We welcomed them — it has been a great experience and fun for everyone.”

The cast is in Mitchell this weekend to present a performance at 2 p.m. today at the Pepsi Cola Theatre.

This is the fourth show presented by the Huron Players, and this production will range from semi-serious to the simply outrageous, and include plays with and without music.

Actors — both with and without disabilities — will take the stage and offer perspectives seldom considered.

“The collaborative nature of theater allows all participants opportunities to work together creating a meaningful message,” Langbehn added.

One line of the CFI mission encourages supporting the development of relationships in which all people are respected as essential members of their communities.

“Being involved in theater is a perfect avenue to make that a reality,” Langbehn said. “First of all, they get to display their talents, which is a neat opportunity. It breaks the stereotypes of a person with a disability and shows how they can be a talented actor.”

As part of a theater production, the cast and crew develop a close bond of friendship that extends beyond the closing curtain.

“It is not only people with disabilities who are impacted, but everyone,” Langbehn said.

For clients served by CFI, the opportunity to experience theater has opened other doors for them.

“It’s become a springboard to other opportunities,” Langbehn said. “Since becoming involved in theater, Jay Kightlinger has become a board member of Huron Area Community Theater and is the No. 1 volunteer who can always be counted on.

“And of course, they are ‘stars’ when people in the community see them and can relate to them after they have seen them on stage,” she added.

Cast members include Richard Carstens, Nyla Stock, Jay Kightlinger, Paul Dilley, Andrew (Rocky) Kremin, Janet Henson, Robin Knutson. Gail Eichstadt, Heidi Jensen, Kathy Quam, Jacque Brown, Jamie Never Misses A Shot, Heath Blue, Ian Ames, Brett Weier, Mike Lyon, Nathaniel Lyon, Becca Langbehn, Chuck Mahowald, Kristy Hubbard and Annette Bowen.

For the complete article see the 03-24-2013 issue.

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