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Backstage Review: ‘Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party’ at TMCC

“Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” may not be what you think.

TMCC Theatre is back from a long hiatus. 

The pandemic put many things on hold, one of which was TMCC’s theater program. But now the program is back producing plays. The first of these new productions is “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party.” TMCC is starting over from scratch with new teachers, new students, and no place to call their own, but soon that may change. 

The program had been in the theater on Keystone, but that is no longer an option. There are a few possibilities they are working on, but for now, using a room at the main campus will make due. I love that they are moving forward with a take-no-prisoners attitude.

What is “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party?”

“Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” takes place in Lincoln’s rural Illinois hometown. A fourth-grade Christmas pageant crosses the line in questioning Lincoln’s sexuality, setting off a chain of events where the townspeople question everything. The play mirrors many community’s struggles in these changing times.

Despite what the title implies, there is not much of a dance party, but there are quite a few laughs. Yet, despite the heaviness of the subject, the story is fun and, at the same time, examines a polarizing issue of equality and acceptance. 

I loved how the play takes three different points of view from three characters. This helps the audience to see the events in ways they may not have thought of. 

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party

The performances

The cast and crew are new to performing, and many are working toward their AA in Theatre. As I watched “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party,” I could see the passion in the actors come through in their performances. I would not have guessed that this was their first time on stage. 

Look for big things from TMCC Theater and watch these actors. I see great things on the horizon for them.

Written By … Aaron Loeb

Directed By … Shea King

The Players

Regina Lincoln/Esmeralda Diaz/Abe Lincoln … Sophia Roman

Tom Hauser/Walter/Abe Lincoln … Gregory Hillman

Anton Renault/Judge/Abe Lincoln … Ezra Rambeau

Harmony Green/Mom/Abe Lincoln … Kristina Charpentier

Jerry Hauser/Bailiff/Abe Lincoln … Uriel Mata Ramos

Lloyd Chambers/Abe Lincoln … Jordan Pettipiece

Tina/Violet/Abe Lincoln … Layla Conrad

Sparky McGee/Principal/Timmy/Abe Lincoln … Justin Correll

The Crew

Stage Manager/Assistant Director … Leyla Perales

Scenic/Lighting/Prop Design … Jared Sorenson

Costume Design … Kristina Charpentier/Shea King

Sound … Ty Hagar

Technical Director … Jared Sorenson

Set Construction … Justin Correll/Hanah Toyoda

Scenic Painter … Hanah Toyoda

Run Crew … Jacob Spaulding

When and Where

Performances will be on Nov. 10, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. on the TMCC Dandini Campus in our Performance Lab. Free Student tickets are available!

Tickets available at https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/67739

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