Photo Credit Jan Garrison
Audience seated on stage
January 24, 2019

Rehearsing are Trenton Hazen (Bo) and Madeline Petrucelli (Cherie).

In one week, the Culver Academies Theatre Department will present its winter production, “Bus Stop,” in Eppley Auditorium. The cast and stage crew are in final preparations for the two performances on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Special audience seating on stage will be used for the production. Two sets of bleachers will flank the small set, placing the audience members within a few feet of the actors. Capacity will be limited to approximately 120 people each night. People are asked to enter through the stage door entrance on the south side of Eppley Auditorium. There is no admission charge.

Cast members include Paige Prikkel ’19 as Grace Hoylard, Lauren Donsbach ’21 as Elma Duckworth, Noah King ’20 as Will Masters, Madeline Petrucelli ’20 as Cherie, Sophia Oeschger ’22 as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Austin Dilts ’22 as Carl, Rowan Conway ’21 as Virgil Blessing, and Trenton Hazen ’19 as Bo Decker. Gianna Walter is the understudy.

“Bus Stop” is the 1955 play by William Inge set in a small, roadside diner about 25 miles west of Kansas City. The romantic comedy follows the developing relationships among the eight characters – five from the bus and three in the diner – after they are stranded by an early March snowstorm.

The original Broadway production ran for 478 performances. Most people, though, are familiar with the 1956 movie, which starred Marilyn Monroe as the aspiring nightclub singer Cherie. The movie, directed by Culver alumnus Josh Logan ’27, is loosely based on Inge’s play.

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