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Zeke Weldon, Ben Sasser and Melissa Stanley during rehearsal. The play opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Zeke Weldon, Ben Sasser and Melissa Stanley during rehearsal. The play opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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The Lafayette Society for Performing Arts will debut its production of “The Foreigner” 7:30 p.m Thursday. An ensemble cast of LSPA veterans and rookies come together to present what they called a light-hearted comedy.

Directed by Molly Fitzsimmons, “The Foreigner,” written by Larry Shue, is set in Georgia and tells the tale of a man named Charlie who comes to lodge while grieving for his dying wife. In the process, the guests at the lodge are led to believe he doesn’t speak English. From this comes misunderstanding among the characters of the story.

Fitzsimmons said the audience can expect laughs and good time.

“It’s a fun, free-spirited look at the human condition,” she said.

Charlie, played by Ben Sasser, said his character serves as an intervention between the problems going on around the lodge and, in the process, finds himself by pretending to be someone else.

“I’ve never played a character that’s silly and goofy, so that’s fun,” Sasser said.

Charlie’s best friend Froggy is portrayed by Zeke Weldon. Weldon said Froggy is outgoing and confident. For this role, Weldon had to speak in a British accent, which Weldon said was his favorite part.

Newcomer to the LSPA, Rebeccah Nolen plays the role of Catherine, who is an heiress and engaged to be married. Nolen describes Catherine as lost in life. Nolen acted all four years during her time at Troup High School and was an theater-education major a Columbus State University.

LSPA regular audiences will recognize veteran Melissa Stanley, who plays the part of Betty, the lodge owner.

With the exception of Nolen, the cast members have worked together previously and said being together again is like being with family.

“I just recently got back into theater, so it’s been nice,” Weldon said. “I’ve worked with a lot of the cast before … it’s like a family.”

Weldon said the audience can expect some dramatic irony and witty, clever humor.

“That’s part of the enjoyment, the audience is in on the secrets,” Sasser said.

The rest of the cast includes James Hunt as Ellard, Jeff Sargent as Owen and Josh McWhorter as David. “The Foreigner” debuts Thursday and will run this weekend and the weekend of Feb. 14, 15 and 16.

Doors open at 6:30 for attendees who want to bring a picnic dinner and the play starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and may be reserved by calling 706-882-9909.

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