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President Garfield is the focus of a unique production by Lakeland Civic Theatre

Posted: September 29, 2017 | Updated: October 16, 2017

Lakeland Civic Theatre is producing a novel play written by award-winning writer Faye Sholiton about the life of President Garfield. This imaginative two-person play is set on the front porch of the president’s Mentor home and focuses on the interaction between a young tour guide and a special visitor. Called “The Guide’s Guide to Lawnfield,” this production is being offered with free admission in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, on the college’s main campus at 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland, 44094.

Performance dates: Oct. 11 and 12 at noon and Oct. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.

About the play

Joe, an 18-year old history geek and unabashed fan of James A. Garfield, is leading a tour at the president’s Lawnfield home. In the group, is a rather unusual older gentleman who knows remarkably more than anyone else about the president’s life, successes and challenges. This guest is particularly adamant that Joe get the story right. As they share information and insights, a mutual respect develops, and Joe starts thinking about the story he would want others to tell about him.

The play was written by award-winning writer Faye Sholiton and is being directed by Dr. Martin Friedman. Joe Quinn is cast as the young tour guide and Robert Hawks plays the older gentleman who curiously resembles the president.

Experts on Garfield history will host discussions after each production.

About Lakeland Civic Theatre

Lakeland Civic Theatre produces two shows annually where members of the community can enjoy exceptional play productions that range in themes from classical literature to the avant-garde, famed musicals to beloved comedies. Performers can include equity actors, community members and students. These professional productions take place in the 400-seat Rodehorst Performing Arts Center, where every seat has a great view of the stage and the feel of an intimate theater setting.

In addition to productions, Lakeland's theater program also offers classes that include the following: two survey courses in the history of theater; and classes in voice and movement, scene study, set construction, and lighting and sound. Students are afforded opportunities to perform in the Lakeland Civic Theatre or be a part of the production crew, where they gain a great deal of hands-on work experience using state-of-the-art technology.

Lakeland's faculty is drawn from the ranks of professional actors/directors and those who currently work in radio and television broadcasting.

Lakeland is located at the I-90 East/ Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.

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