Archive for Wednesday, February 15, 2006

THS grad cast in ‘Glass Menagerie’

February 15, 2006

An acting career that began in his senior year at Tonganoxie High School continues to blossom for Brandon Stevens.

A sophomore at Kansas City Kansas Community College, Stevens has one of the lead roles in the college's production of Tennessee Williams' haunting drama "The Glass Menagerie" which will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the College's Performing Arts Center, 7250 State Ave.

An American classic, "The Glass Menagerie" depicts the lives of the fictional Wingfield family as it struggles to survive the Great Depression and the modern age threatening its tenuous hold on cherished old-world illusions of Southern gentility.

Stevens, who will portray the gentleman caller, will be joined in the cast by Kim Hentges, a Bishop Ward graduate; Nick Hendricks, J.C. Harmon; and Rebecca Mason of Burrton, Kan.

The drama is the second KCKCC production for Stevens, who performed in the role of Tim in "Noises Off" last year. He got his start in acting playing the role of Harry the Horse in the Tonganoxie High School production of "Guys and Dolls" and later was cast to play seven different characters in the vaudeville comedy "The Complete History of America -- Abridged."

He finished his high school career playing Leon Steponovitch Tolchinsky in Neil Simon's "Fools" and then played Vinnie in the Tonganoxie Community Theatre production of "The Odd Couple." Stevens plans to continue studying theater and eventually move on to film following graduation.

Tickets, which are available at the door, are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

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