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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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.