Panola College to present Anna K.


Teresa Beasley

From left, Addison Pope of Carthage, Sarah Owens of Mt. Enterprise, and Tailer Chong of Emory prepare the set for rehearsal for Anna K.

A new twist on a tale older than time will be presented by Panola College Theatre in preview productions Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14-15, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium. The previews are free and open to the public. Thursday’s performance will begin at 6 p.m. Friday’s performance will begin at 7 p.m. The play is suitable for ages high school and older and contains mature subject matter including adultery and suicide. Discretion is advised. A timeless tale of a timeless demise, Anna K is based on the original novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

This production is Panola College’s entry in to the TCCSTA 2019 Playfest to be held at Eastfield College on February 20-23. Anna K is adapted and written for the stage by Eugenie Leontovich and produced by special permission from Samuel French, Inc.

“Anna K tells the story of a group of Bohemian actors working on staging a production of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina,” said Karen King, drama professor and play director.

A young Russian woman trapped in the supposed happy marriage to a Russian Prime Minister with an unquenchable desire for a young officer. Secrets lie deeper than Anna’s translucent exterior. The play is filled to the brim with love, passion, lust, and betrayal. It is a story of anguish, heartbreak, deception and cruelty.

The cast consists of 11 actors who play various roles to bring the story to life. Starring in the play are Jasmine Ryan, sophomore, Martinsville; Peyton Proffit, freshman, Center; Justin Gonzales, freshman, Rains; Sarah Owens, freshman, Mt. Enterprise; Abigail Parrish, freshman, Chireno; Addison Pope, sophomore, Carthage; Keath Kibbey, freshman, Huntington; Cristian Korta, freshman, Spurger; Tailer Chong, sophomore, Rains; Nathaniel Endsley, sophomore, Huntington; Shelby Watson, freshman, Leon; and Bethany Crowe, freshman, Kennard.

Assistant director is Kyree Williams, sophomore, Hillsboro; stage manager, Maelbi Calderon, Seagoville; lighting design, Julia Prewitt, sophomore, Joaquin; sound design, Hannah Williams, freshman, Gary; costume design, Lacie Sepulvado, sophomore Mt. Enterprise; assistant stage manager, Maria Mejai, freshman, Mt. Enterprise; and Chaley Norton, poster and marketing, Mt. Enterprise.