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September 12, 2013


Hilarious comedy to be performed at Cowley on October 10-12


cactus flowerEarly on in Dejon Ewing’s first stint as theatre director at Cowley College she had her students perform the comedy “Cactus Flower”. Now, in her second stint as theatre director, Ewing will have the students bring the stage adaptation back to Cowley as part of the school’s fall play Oct. 10-12 in the Robert Brown Theatre.

“I could direct this every year of my life because it is so funny and so much fun to do,” Ewing said. “The kids and the audience truly love it.”

The show will be performed each night at 7:30 p.m. with a special dinner and show offered on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The cost is $8, or $5 for students. The dinner and show combo can be purchased for $20. Tickets are on sale at the Cowley Box Office by calling 620-441-5570. Box Office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For online reservations, go to the Internet Box Office.

Cactus Flower is a 1969 comedy film directed by Gene Saks and starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn, who won an Oscar for her performance.

Middle-aged dentist Winston is enjoying an affair with Toni but doesn't want to be hemmed in by marriage. He prevails upon his non-glamorous assistant Stephanie to pose as his wife so as to keep from campaigning for a ring. Then, to justify his "infidelity," Winston talks his pal into pretending to be Stephanie's illicit lover. Flattered by all the attention, Stephanie begins to “doll up”.

Confronted by a newly gorgeous Stephanie, Winston realizes that his Dream Girl has been right there in his office all along. As for Toni, she ends up in the arms of a writer, who has loved her since Reel One.

“There are places in the performance where your face will ache with laughter,” Ewing said. “The kids have been a dream to work with and have been so motivated and committed to rehearsals.

Jamison Rhoads, technical director of theatre, and student assistant Stewart Parman, are working on directing a 1970’s style set.

“They have done a wonderful job designing the set and have been great to work with,” Ewing said.

Cast List:

Character   Actor
Toni Simmons   Abby Killman
Igor Sullivan   .Alex Behrens
Stephanie Dickinson   Paige Karnes
Mrs. Dixon Durant   Amber Creed
Dr. Julian Winston   John Rohr
Harvey Greenfield   Corey Rothwell
Senor Arturo Sanchez   Addam Porter
Music Customer   Kayla McLaughlin
Waitress   Sidney Hogan
Waiter   Henry Flickinger
Boticelli’s Springtime   Victoria Hutchison
Music Lover   Gary Fizer III
Non-Speaking Music Shop &/or Night Club Customers:   Lauren Gardner, Courtney Banks, Samantha Vawter, Andrew Horning

Co-Stage Managers: Robin McGonigal and Brauntez Fair