Cactus Pass; A Review

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Cactus Pass; A Review

Tiffany Barrington (Jensen Walcott) shows leads the town. In the beginning, the three children had shown the town the moves, then allowed them to participate in the dance themselves.

Tiffany Barrington (Jensen Walcott) shows leads the town. In the beginning, the three children had shown the town the moves, then allowed them to participate in the dance themselves.

Tiffany Barrington (Jensen Walcott) shows leads the town. In the beginning, the three children had shown the town the moves, then allowed them to participate in the dance themselves.

Tiffany Barrington (Jensen Walcott) shows leads the town. In the beginning, the three children had shown the town the moves, then allowed them to participate in the dance themselves.

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  • Miss Martha and Miss Elsie Fogerty (Addison Gilliam and Erin Laney) rush off to tend to the town. Addison and Erin played the town mayors.

  • The Barrington Family arrives to the town of Cactus Pass. Initially, they were angered that their car stranded them in the dusty, old town.

  • Town Deputy Lester (Adam Lang) tries to explain the answer to a question posed by Clay Putnam (Taylor Brownback). Lester spent the play refusing to speak for fear of being made fun of.

  • The Barrington Family, led by their father (Jake Reed) sing "This Land Is Your Land." Trevor Barrington III had taken his family on the trip to see America, and he was glad they had the opportunity to stay in the town.

  • Town Sheriff Sam Starr (Zach Kamm) has a run in with the Scroggs Brothers (Bryn Aytes and Sean Moore). The Scroggs were well-known for causing trouble.

  • The town gathers for the Cactus Pass Jamboree. The event hadn't been held for many years due to the family feud.

  • Town members participate in a square dance. It was led by Lud Putnam (Tristan McGehee) on violin and their caller (Fenton Loveland).

  • Deputy Lester switches partners on command in the dance. The dance showed an energy that the town hadn't seen in years.

  • The three Barrington children (Caitlyn McDonnell, Jensen Walcott, and Lane Barrette) show the town a more 'modern' dance. The dance was set to music over the speakers in the auditorium.

  • Tiffany Barrington (Jensen Walcott) shows leads the town. In the beginning, the three children had shown the town the moves, then allowed them to participate in the dance themselves.

  • Lester and Sam Starr have a run in with the Scroggs Brothers. The run in was a major turning point in the play.

  • Granny Putnam (Payton Younger) confronts the Ludlow family. Throughout the play there are many unsuccessful meetings between the feuding families.

  • Deputy Lester, still not speaking, tries to demonstrate to the town that they are in danger. He constantly struggled with his muteness throughout the play.

  • The town tries to guess what Lester is saying. The only person who could successfully interpret him most of the time was Sheriff Starr.

  • The Barrington family takes a rest after chasing the town villain. The entirety of the town chased the villain through Cactus Pass.

  • Nora Ludlow (Erin McGowan) and Emmett Putnam (Colin Coon) go off in search of the villains. The town believed that the Scroggs had something to do with their mishap.

  • Deputy Lester is led off by Miss Halstead (Lacey Tavis). Lester was proud of her interest in him.

  • Trevor and Miranda Barrington (Mary BeMent) say their goodbyes to the town. Out of the family, only Miranda was glad to depart.

  • The cast takes their final bows. Later, they would give credit to the behind-the-scenes members of the crew.

  • Cast and audience alike gather in the sports foyer. Many congratulations were passed around.

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Cactus Pass is a peaceful western town in Arizona, made up of a bank, a general store, a jail, a hotel, and its small but divided population. The town is home two separate families; the Putnams and the Ludlows.

The story of Cactus Pass is set in modern times, but in a town that still resembles the Old West atmosphere. Clay Putnam, played by Taylor Brownback is the town handyman, claiming that he can fix anything, ‘even a radio’. The town sheriff is Sam Starr, and his trusty deputy is named Lester. They’re played by Zach Kamm and Adam Lang respectively.

The plot of the play starts as a simple Romeo and Juliet tale, with two lovers from divided families, desperate to end the fued. Cassie Putnam (Sierra Salazar) and Luke Ludlow (Michael McEvoy) sneak out to meet each other, and beg their families to end the fued that all started back in the Cactus Pass Jamboree of 1917.

In addition to the struggle between the families, there’s also the struggle of a particular family; the Barringtons, led by their father Trevor Barrington III (Jake Reed), and mother Miranda Barrington (Mary BeMent). Their three children, Taylor, Tiffany, and Tina Barrington (Lane Barrette, Jensen Walcott, and Caitlyn McDonnell, respectively) each struggle with their own complaints about the hot, dusty, old town.

As the play goes on, the plot continues to thicken and twist, with new and unforeseen plot twists after every scene. But like every good story, the ending sees the resolution of all the town’s and individuals’ problems.

Overall, the play receives a five out of five. The story goes beyond a bland old Romeo and Juliet tale, throwing in other plot lines on top. The short play, standing at around an hour with no intermission, keeps a captivated audience until the end, and receives a standing ovation from the crowd.

Each member of the cast works to fit their own role, to slide their own piece into the puzzle. The chemistry amongst the cast is apparent through the play itself, and the members invest themselves into their characters.

The Barrington family members feel so real as to what they are supposed to represent; a rich family from Boston. Adam Lang runs a comedic role as Deputy Lester, and gets the crowd laughing and chuckling. Even the bad guys seem bad and conniving in their roles. The entire cast and play is well put together.

The performances of Cactus Pass ended on Saturday, February 4th. Overall, the play was a big success. Everyone involved worked together well, and the play seemed to work like a well oiled machine. It’s unfortunate that the time has come for Cactus Pass to cut a path out of Basehor, another play for the history books.

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