Newcomer welcomes challenge of portraying area personalities in Theatre Victoria's 'A Lone Star Night'

By Alice Adams
Aug. 20, 2010 at 3:20 a.m.

Josette Looft

Josette Looft

Before moving to Texas almost a year ago, Josette Looft had tackled many challenging roles in community theatre, from comedy to high drama and from Shakespeare to musicals.

However, her appearance in Theatre Victoria's "A Lone Star Night" this weekend is providing one of her greatest tests on stage.

"First of all, we're working with all original material," she said. "That means we're not only setting the bar for this particular show, but we're also telling stories some of the audience may be hearing for the first time. We also want to give the audiences an evening packed with great entertainment."

Looft, a second-generation educator who moved to Texas to be near family, will play five different roles.

"It's a stretch for any actor, moving from comedy to drama and back to comedy, but it's also an exciting challenge."

Her characters include a spunky cowgirl with a quick wit, a old friend at a Victoria High School reunion and two stages in the lifetime of Edna native, the late Juanita Dale Slusher, better known by her stage name Candy Barr.

"I'm excited to have the chance to play these roles, and I can't wait for the audiences to hear the music, which was composed for several of the dramatic pieces. I especially love the music written for one of this country's most historic events."

Looft said the challenge is doing justice to each of these rich characters and to allow the audience to appreciate the various aspects of each one.

"I am also playing a woman whose daughter has disappeared and is later found murdered in Juarez," she continued. "Since 2000, more than 10,000 women have been killed or have mysteriously disappeared in Mexico. The piece, titled 'Pink Crosses: The Tragic Tale of the Lost Daughters of the Rio Grande,' was written to bring more understanding to a situation that has received little attention in the media."

Looft also has great praise for the cast artistic director Charles Moster has assembled.

"I look forward to each rehearsal," she said. "We all enjoy each other's company and we all get along very well. While we're at the theater, we work and we work hard, but it's a fun-loving atmosphere.



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