CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Brandon, left, and Caleb Brandon, right, play estranged husband and wife Nancy and Coleman Shedman. Mark Schmidt, who doubles as technical director, plays the lawyer Coleman drags with him on his search for his wife and the possessions she took.
By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer
As the cast and crew hurriedly prepared for dress rehearsal, the crunch of straw under their feet drowned out the urges from director Christy Mendoza.
The straw set the scene of a rural meeting house of a southern Pentecostal sect, which the story of “Holy Ghosts” centers around.
The Clovis Community College theater department is performing the play “Holy Ghosts,” written by Romulas Linney.
The drama tells the story of hard-drinking Coleman Shedman, who tracks his runaway wife and the possessions she has taken with her to the sect’s meeting house with a lawyer in tow. His wife is unwilling to leave her new husband, the Reverend Obediah Buckhorn.
Actress Sandy Lyons, who is new to the CCC theater program, said the play was challenging and fun at the same time.
“It ought to provoke some interesting responses,” she added.
Mark Schmidt, veteran actor and technical director, said it was interesting how the characters in the church accepted everyone, regardless of their status in life.
“I have enjoyed playing the role of Rev. Obediah Buckhorn,” Dana Albright said, “because he is a dynamic and charismatic character and knows how to take charge.”
Albright is a psychology instructor at CCC and performed in Mendoza’s 2007 play, “Buried Child.”
The play features 13 actors and two crew members, all of whom are enrolled in Mendoza’s theater production class at CCC. Mendoza plans to enter the production in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at CCC cashiers’ window or Town Hall before each performance, pending availability.
The performance contains mature subject matter and language.