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April 15, 2014

Cowley College preparing to perform �The Boys Next Door�


Produced as a fundraiser for the Act I Drama Club, Cowley College will perform its second stageboys next door production of the year, “The Boys Next Door”, April 23-25 in the Robert Brown Theatre. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. each night and the cost is $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Stuart Parman, Assistant Technical Director for Theatre, saw the play as a youngster and was a part of the performance while in college.

“It made a big impact on my life and was one of the reasons I decided to go into theatre,” Parman said.

Parman and the late Scott MacLaughlin, former theatre director at Cowley College, each shared a love for the play.

“Scott and I had talked about the show and how much we both enjoyed it,” Parman said. “This is just one more way for us to honor Scott.”

The plot consists of four mentally handicapped men who live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P. Smith has the mind of a five-year old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about; Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.

Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.

“It is funny, heartfelt, and very dramatic at times,” Parman said. “It is a beautiful story.”

Cast list:

  • Arnold Wiggins -- Andrew Horning
  • Lucien P. Smith -- Gary Fizer III
  • Jack Palmer -- Garrett Wolf
  • Norman Bulansky -- Addam Porter
  • Barry Klemper -- John Rohr
  • Mr. Hedges -- Clayton Bringer
  • Mrs. Fremus -- Malaree Hood
  • Mrs. Warren -- Holly Landis
  • Sheila -- Amber Creed
  • Clara -- Kalli Nighswonger
  • Mr. Corbin -- Gabriel Isaman
  • Mr. Klemper -- Tanner Wilson
  • Senator Warren Clarke -- Galen Hamilton
  • Stage Manager -- Kayla McLaughlin