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Lakewood Ranch's Kathy Junkins (back) brings her friends Fran and Jeff Wiser, who are visiting from Pennsylvania, to the play.

"Spoon River Anthology" comes to life in east Bradenton

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Lakewood Ranch's Kathy Junkins (back) brings her friends Fran and Jeff Wiser, who are visiting from Pennsylvania, to the play.

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Lakewood Ranch's Ken Junkins creates tombstones as props for the production.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Lakewood Ranch's Ken Junkins creates tombstones as props for the production.

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Venice's Ann Hogg gets to know East County's Duane and Nancy Stasiewicz when they are seated at the same picnic table to watch the play.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Venice's Ann Hogg gets to know East County's Duane and Nancy Stasiewicz when they are seated at the same picnic table to watch the play.

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Donna Defant, the director of the Players Centre for the Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology," welcomes the audience.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Donna Defant, the director of the Players Centre for the Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology," welcomes the audience.

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Jeffrey Kin, the artistic director for the Players Centre for the Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology," toasts the cast before the performance begins.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Jeffrey Kin, the artistic director for the Players Centre for the Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology," toasts the cast before the performance begins.

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Lynn Jensen starts the play with a monologue. "Spoon River Anthology" was Jensen's first-ever performance.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Lynn Jensen starts the play with a monologue. "Spoon River Anthology" was Jensen's first-ever performance.

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Philip Troyer portrays Chase Henry, the town drunk, with plenty of enthusiasm.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Philip Troyer portrays Chase Henry, the town drunk, with plenty of enthusiasm.

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Derek Dutcher uses a small gavel as part of his portrayal of Judge Sommers.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Derek Dutcher uses a small gavel as part of his portrayal of Judge Sommers.

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Scott Ehrenpreis makes the audience laugh with his portrayal of Benjamin Pantier. Ehrenpreis goes on to play five other characters in "Spoon River Anthology."

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Scott Ehrenpreis makes the audience laugh with his portrayal of Benjamin Pantier. Ehrenpreis goes on to play five other characters in "Spoon River Anthology."

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Jan Wallace brings Mrs. Benjamin Pantier to life.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Jan Wallace brings Mrs. Benjamin Pantier to life.

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Dozens of people come to the Players Centre of Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology."

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Dozens of people come to the Players Centre of Performing Arts' production of "Spoon River Anthology."

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Lynn Doyle plays Emily Sparks in the play. Her character talks about her son and religion.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Lynn Doyle plays Emily Sparks in the play. Her character talks about her son and religion.

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Philip Troyer shares a story about taking a photo of Judge Sommers as part of his role of Penniwit the Artist.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Philip Troyer shares a story about taking a photo of Judge Sommers as part of his role of Penniwit the Artist.

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Audience members listen intently as actors come on stage one-by-one in "Spoon River Anthology."

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Audience members listen intently as actors come on stage one-by-one in "Spoon River Anthology."

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Cinda Goeken uses a fan to bring sass and drama to her performance of Lydia Puckett.

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

Cinda Goeken uses a fan to bring sass and drama to her performance of Lydia Puckett.

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It was a beautiful day for live theater at Jiggs Landing. A 13-member cast from the Players Centre of Performing Arts performed "Spoon River Anthology."

Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021 |

It was a beautiful day for live theater at Jiggs Landing. A 13-member cast from the Players Centre of Performing Arts performed "Spoon River Anthology."

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