CA Studio Revisits the Roaring Twenties in The Great Gatsby

Apr 10, 2018

CA Studio presents “The Great Gatsby" April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at The Bridge Church in Ruston and April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens.

"The Great Gatsby" is the tale of Jay Gatsby and his tragic affair with Daisy Buchanan as told through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Daisy's cousin. The play is set in the Roaring Twenties and features extravagant parties, speakeasies, and the sense of idealism present in that time.

Sam Coleman is portraying Nick Carraway.
Credit Sam Coleman / CA Studio

On preparing for their roles, actors Sam Coleman and Jackson Culp say that it's just a matter of "doing your research."  Coleman, who is playing Nick Carraway, first read the book on a car trip after finding out that CA Studio would be performing the play. He states that after reading it, he could see why the book has lasted in literature.

Jackson Culp is portraying Jay Gatsby.
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Culp states that much of the mood of extravagance in the play is established through music, lighting, and costumes. He also says he loved the 2013 movie version starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, and he takes inspiration from that version for his portrayal of Gatsby.

CA Studio is presenting “The Great Gatsby” April 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. at the Bridge Church and April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe. Admission by reservation for the April 19 and 20 "Pie Theatre" performances is available at 318-387-5281. Tickets are available at 318-243-6201. More information about CA Studio is available here.

The mission of CA Studio is to bring the magic of theatre to life and build important skills necessary for a well rounded individual.
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