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JALC Presents “Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber”

John A. Logan College presents “Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber.”  Evening performances will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 in O’Neil Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students and children 12 and under.

John A. Logan College presents “Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber.” Evening performances will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17 in O’Neil Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets for the shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students and children 12 and under.

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College will present “Wild Oats: A Western with Fiber,” a comedy written and directed by Steve Falcone, professor emeritus of English at JALC, set in the Old West town of Coyote Basin.

Two evening performances are set for Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium. A matinee, also in O’Neil Auditorium, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m.

“‘Wild Oats’ is a western farce,” Falcone said. “It’s the Old West they way you want it to be filled with great characters. We have good guys in white hats, bad guys in black hats, sassy dancehall girls, a drunken sawbones, and lots of big laughs. This will be the debut of the play and I’m looking forward to seeing it performed on stage.”

Herrin native and veteran actor Kaleb Blaque, a JALC alum, has a leading role in the play.

“I play Benbo Jones,” Blaque said. “He’s kind of a reluctant hero because he’s heartbroken over his lady and that basically renders him useless. I think this is my favorite role I’ve done. I really empathize with the character and he’s a lot of fun to play.”

Blaque thinks audiences will enjoy the play.

“I think ‘Wild Oats’ is the funniest western since ‘Blazing Saddles,’” Blaque said. “We have an amazing cast with a lot of really talented actors and actresses from the community. I’ve worked with many of them before so it’s almost like a small family reunion, except we get to act together. It’s a very entertaining show.”

Tickets for the evening shows are $12 for general admission and $7 for JALC students and children 12 and under. Tickets for the matinee are $2 for the general public and free to Logan students and staff.

Adrienne Barkley Giffin, director of student activities and cultural events at JALC, said those attending the play can also help families in need.

“We’re doing something new this year called Operation Chuck Wagon to collect food for those in need,” Giffin said. “People can help by bringing non-perishable food items to the show. Food collected at the Thursday matinee will be added to Student Senate’s food drive for JALC students in need. Food collected at the Friday and Saturday shows will be donated to area food pantries.”

For more information about “Wild Oats” or to order advance tickets, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.