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Angelina College Theatre presenting Temperance Classic 'The Drunkard'

April 19, 2014-- It’s a classic melodrama with an East Texas flavor, featuring villains, heroes, heroines and even audience participation.

Angelina College Theatre will present Brian J. Burton’s “The Drunkard, or Down with Demon Drink” in a three-night performance opening Thursday, April 26 and running through Saturday, April 28, in the Angelina Center for the Arts Theater Lab located on the AC campus.

Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

First performed in 1844, the play became “the most popular play produced in the United States before the dramatization of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’,” according to Wikipedia.

The story tells the tale of Edward (Joshua Weintrob), a virtuous but poor man, who falls victim to the machinations the villainous Squire Cribbs (Clint Davis). Cribbs persuades Edward to take a drink in a pub, leading to Edward’s downward spiral as a drunkard whose actions force his family into even deeper poverty. Only Edward’s foster brother, William Dowton (Kindle Bonner), understands both the Squire’s evil intentions and Edward’s true, good nature. Dowton’s efforts help Edward in his march to redemption with Edward’s own family.

In a nod to older theatre times, audience members will receive popcorn to throw at the actors.

Cast and crew members include Ernesto Dominguez (Leggett) as Mrs. Wilson/Mrs. Stevens; Ashleigh Knox (Lufkin) as Mary Wilson/Sam Adams/Agnes Dowton; Clint Davis (Hudson) as Squire Cribbs; Joshua Weintrob (Huntington) as Edward Middleton; Kindle Bonner (Hudson) as William Dowton; Dylan Hensley (Crockett) as Julia Middleton/Mrs. Gates; Morgan Shannon (Huntington) as Sophia Spindle/Landlord; Darrel DeGraw (Livingston) as Arden Rencelaw/Clergyman; and Amber Tullis (Lufkin) as Mrs. Miller/Officer.

Crew members include Director/Set Design Jessi Hampton (AC Theater Instructor), Stage Manager/Lighting Design Kase Vann (Huntington), Assistant Stage Manager/Soundboard Operator Bethany Knox (Lufkin), Lightboard Operator Travis Doucett, Set Design Christian Specht (AC Theater Instructor), Costume Designer Nancy McClelland (Hudson), Properties Mistress Kindle Bonner and AC Theatre students as stage hands.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.

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