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Updated: 08/22/2017 04:50:11PM

Loveland actors take on heavy subject

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Acting as homeless people in a flood tunnel draped with huge cobwebs, from left, are: students Joe Kelly; Joan Kelly; *Lisa Marcotte (*denotes volunteers); John Cunningham (portrays Matthew O'Brien, journalist); *Sheryl Morford; student Christian Shakespeare; student Eileen Paddock; and *Amy Blake. Set design was by Donna Buckalter, Christian Londos, and Mark Buckalter, and modeled after photos in O'Brien's book, “Beneath the Neon.”

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Loveland student Robin Cross holds onto the hoop as it rises; her walker is nearby. Volunteer Amy Blake, foreground with back turned, is her spotter and shadows her moves.

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Loveland student Faya Scudder-Cotherman succeeded in her audition to perform on the silks and is shadowed by Kelly Duyn, choreographer.

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Loveland students John Liska and Jaclyn Resh sing “A Whole New World” near a graffiti wall, designed after a photo in O'Brien's book. They portray a homeless couple who both found jobs up on the strip. They received their first paycheck and dream of moving out of the tunnels.

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Rebecca (Becky) Holahan, teacher and director at Venice Theatre, wrote the script for the Loveland Players' show and directed it.

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Faya Scudder-Cotherman, a Loveland student, walks away smiling, pleased with having performed on the silks as she is being shadowed by choreographer Kelly Duyn.

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Kelly Duyn, assistant to Sandy Davisson in Venice Theatre's education department, was the choreographer of Loveland Players for the hoop and silks presentation.

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Gina Cahill served as assistant director of the Loveland Players' production.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VENICE THEATRE

Acting as homeless people in a flood tunnel draped with huge cobwebs, from left, are: students Joe Kelly; Joan Kelly; *Lisa Marcotte (*denotes volunteers); John Cunningham (portrays Matthew O'Brien, journalist); *Sheryl Morford; student Christian Shakespeare; student Eileen Paddock; and *Amy Blake. Set design was by Donna Buckalter, Christian Londos, and Mark Buckalter, and modeled after photos in O'Brien's book, “Beneath the Neon.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF VENICE THEATRE

Faya Scudder-Cotherman, Loveland student, walks away smiling, pleased with having performed on the silks.

By AUDREY BLACKWELL

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At first blush, the recent show put on by Loveland Players and Venice Theatre, “Las Vegas: Under the Neon Lights,” was a tale about the glitz and glamour of the city known as the “entertainment capital of the world.”

But it was more than that. It was also a story about what goes on below those neon lights … a kind of underground city where homeless people live in what is known as “flood tunnels.” And where sometimes they die.

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