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Photos from staged reading of “The Armadillo Queen”


Front row: Pamela Nowell (Cee Cee), Katerina Yancey (Dee Dee), Cheryl Carter (Gypsy Jane), and director John Holt. Back row: Kristen Williams Leclerc (Sara), Dylan Grey (Charlie), Melissa Kennedy (Miss Battleaxe), Jeff Krantz (Coach Ferguson). Photo by Rain Yancey Hupman.

Renaissance Theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia put on a staged reading of THE ARMADILLO QUEEN on June 25, and it was, well, spectacular.

Besides a fantastic cast, we had a full house. Every available seat was taken, and one latecomer had to stand. OK, admission was free, but still . . .

Also got great feedback from the audience:

“It’s funny.”
— Joe S.

“Super funny.”
— Alicia P.

“Twas fun – well done and well written. I’m so glad I got to see it!”
— Jennifer P.

And from the director himself: “Congrats again, Dwayne. Beautiful script and story.”

You can find the full gallery of photos here. Below are some highlights:

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“The Armadillo Queen” to have staged reading in Virginia

The show poster.

The show poster.

Renaissance Theatre in Lynchburg is holding a staged reading of my full-length script THE ARMADILLO QUEEN on June 25 as a fund-raiser. Admission is free but there’s a cash bar and concessions for sale.

A high school girl from the city is forced to move to rural Texas for her senior year. She hopes to keep her head down and tough it out; instead, she’s drafted to be the school mascot — the Armadillo Queen — for a team that’s never won a game and suffers under a curse that if it doesn’t win this year, the town will dry up and blow away. Comedy ensues. Cast: Seven — five females (one teen, four adults), two males (one teen, one adult.)

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In praise of Lynchburg’s theatre scene


Lynchburg, Virginia is only about an hour from my home in the Roanoke, Valley. But sometimes it seems to be an entirely different world. It’s been 21 years since I’ve had reason to go to downtown Lynchburg. Last Friday, though, my wife and I went there to see some friends in “The Full Monty” at Renaissance Theatre.

I was completely blown away by what I saw there, which prompted this guest post on The Roanoke Times’ arts blog about what seemed a very lively theatre scene in Lynchburg.

As I point out in the post, not only was it a full house — but it was a young full house!

Read on for more . . .

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