“Moon Over Buffalo” opened Prairie Players’ fall 2010 season in Galesburg this past weekend. The play was a slapstick comedy about film director Frank Capra checking up on two potential actors in Buffalo, N.Y. One of the leads in the play was Knox senior Jevin Lortie.
“I was Paul Singer, the stage manager for a production company in Buffalo, N.Y.,” Lortie said of his character.
Lortie had not been in a play since middle school, and he fell into working with the Prairie Players as “kind of a crazy, random happenstance,” he said. “I didn’t audition because I was out of town, but I ran into two other actors at a restaurant in Peoria. An actor had dropped a part, and I thought it would be fun to do.”
Working with the Prairie Players brought Lortie much closer to to the community in Galesburg.
“I think it’s the best experience I’ve ever had in the community outside of Knox, and I met a bunch of great people that I still hang out with,” Lortie said.
The Prairie Players’ season continues on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 with “And Then They Came For Me,” a drama by James Still, at the Orpheum Theatre and “All Shook Up,” a musical comedy by Joe Dipietro, (dates to be announced).