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LHS to present Thirst for Life
Play scheduled Saturday, Sunday
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Courtesy Photo Michael Wysong plays Eryck and Rachael Herter plays Veruca on their first date.

LARNED — Over Actors’ Anonymous of Larned High School will present their fall musical, “Thirst for Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Larned Community Center. Tickets are sold at the door.  
“Thirst for Life,” set in a mysterious and remote Louisiana bayou swamp town hidden amongst the shadowy cypress trees called Bonne Vie, creates a wondrous place where mortal enemies come together to live in peace.  
Written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus and enriched with an eclectic beautiful score by Bill Francoeur, audiences will love this bewitching tale called, “Thirst for Life.”
Veruca is portrayed by Rachael Herter. With her father in the service overseas and her mother passed away, Veruca is sent to live with her aunt and cousins in the small Louisiana bayou swamp town of Bonne Vie.  
She hopes she’s finally found a place to call home, and meeting Eryck, a sweet but geeky teenager who’s never been out of Bonne Vie, certainly helps. Yet despite its welcoming nature, there’s something eerie about this remote town hidden amongst the shadowy cypress trees.
Eryck is portrayed by Michael Wysong. Veruca and Eryck fall quickly in love and share a timeless kiss, but when the sun breaks through the trees for a moment, it becomes instantly apparent that something is very wrong.  
Finding herself suddenly spurned, Veruca sets out to convince Eryck they can still be together, while a transformed Eryck attempts to protect her from the realities of this veiled town.  
Complicating matters even more, Ripper, the dark and brooding Goth teenager, and his two vampiric companions, Drucilla and Lizzy, continuously torment Eryck and Veruca.  
The pace quickens as Bobby John, a teen smitten with Veruca, plots with Veruca’s bitter cousin, Jolie, to steal Veruca away and leave town with her.  Enriched with an eclectic, beautiful score by Bill Francoeur, audience and actors alike will love “Thirst for Life.”
A special showing for the Larned elementary and middle school students will be presented at 9 a.m.. Friday at the Larned Community Center.  
The principles will present musical numbers to the residents at the Larned HealthCare Center and Country Place Thursday and to those who attend Thursday’s coffee hour at Larned High School, which will be sponsored by Over Actors’ Anonymous.