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PACT puts on spring show

Director takes the stage

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 2:33 p.m. CDT
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Opal Kronkie (Kristin DuBois) introduces her guests to Mr. Tanner, played by Blueskies' Rory. This is the first time a live cat has appeared on PACT's stage. Photo by Zach Arbogast.
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Opal gives Solomon a mighty smooch on the head for coming to her aid. Photo by Zach Arbogast.

By Zach Arbogast

zarbogast@oglecounty

news.com

An actress and director, both involved with Polo Area Community Theatre (PACT) since its inception, have switched places for the group’s latest production.

Kristin DuBois, founder and artistic director for PACT, has directed 21 shows for the Polo-based non-profit theatre group.

Her daughter, Miranda Blankenbehler, has been involved in 33 out of 35 shows, whether as an actress, stage manager, or behind the scenes crew.

The spring comedy of “Everyone Loves Opal” sees them trading hats; Blankenbehler will direct the show while DuBois’ acts on stage, both firsts for their PACT résumés.

“I’m really grateful for this cast,” said Blankenbehler. “It’s nerve-wracking feeling like I have to uphold PACT’s reputation, but everyone has been very supportive and confident in me.”

Is it weird directing your mother, who has been PACT’s leading director since its creation? According to Blankenbehler, the transition has been smooth.

DuBois plays Opal Kronkie, an optimistic and cheerful hoarder who lives at the edge of the municipal dump.

Things get interesting when Opal’s life is invaded by three aspiring crooks named Gloria, Bradford, and Solomon, played by theatre veterans Tori Highley, Travis Fisher, and Dough Smith respectively.

The comedy, which author John Patrick calls “A prank in three acts,” contains messages of having faith in people, forgiveness and redemption, and knowing when to simply ask for what you want.

“Everybody Loves Opal” opens on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Showings will also include Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.polotheatre.org , and are also available at the Polo Public Library, Polo Sub Stop, and First State Bank.

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