Lafayette Theatre Academy: John Lennon and Me

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October 11th @ 7:00 pm ET October 13th @ 7:00 pm ET

Written by Cherie Bennett
Directed by Amy McDow

Adapted as a one-act version of the play, with the author's permission, with a run-time of one hour.

Performances will be on October 11th and 13th at 7pm. Seating at the LTC Black Box is picnic style and guests are welcome to bring food and drinks of their choice to enjoy at their table. All seats are $8 and may be reserved online or by calling the LTC Black Box at 706-882-9909. Donations will also be gratefully accepted to help the cast with production and travel expenses.

"John Lennon and Me" is being prepared for competition at the Georgia Theatre Conference in Savannah in October. The play was originally performed by the Lafayette Theatre Company in May of 2017 during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

The main character of the play is an imaginative teenage girl who is battling Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe. The role of "Star" is again played by Annah Lee and Kaylee Key is reprising the role of "Courtney."

The recent passing of 21-year-old Claire Wineland, author and social media personality who shared her unique outlook on life as a result of living with CF, has brought home the urgency of continuing to support research for this disease. Because of medical advances and increasing awareness, children with CF now have the opportunity to become adults, with a median survival rate of over 40 years. The cast and crew are hopeful that this trend will continue and that, soon, a cure will be found for cystic fibrosis and the many other diseases threatening the lives of our youth.

In addition to spreading awareness of CF and the need for continued support for medical research, the cast is primarily comprised of academy students who will be putting their theatrical skills and talents into practice in a unique way. They will be performing for a panel of adjudicators who offer feedback for improvement on their skills and working together within strict guidelines for competition. Since all of their set, props, cast and crew members begin in a 10’x10’ space and create a hospital in 10 minutes, they are having to troubleshoot in ways that do not happen during their regular productions. They will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and performances from four festivals.

The students are working together to raise the funds required for this project, while continuously promoting the awareness of CF and the benefits of medical research.

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LaGrange, GA 30240
706.882.9909
amcdow@lsparts.org

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