Arts and Entertainment

Centerstage Theatre hooks 'Catfish Moon'

By JANICA LOCKHART

Staff Writer

Trudy Barnett doesn’t need a gold ball for her performance with Centerstage Theatre, but is used to bowling with one.

People come up to Barnett and ask her if she is the mini-gold ball bowler from the new Washington State Lotto commercial.

“It is a little bit weird” being recognized from the commercial, Barnett said.

Barnett’s next adventure in acting is playing Betty for Centerstage’s production of “Catfish Moon,” which opens this Friday and runs until Aug. 17.

Barnett said she enjoys playing women like Betty, “a very strong, intellectual woman from the South.”

“Catfish Moon” explores the relationship of three male childhood friends and a woman who brings a little bit of trouble to their bond of friendship.

“It is not a deep-meaning play” and is the “study of relationships,” said Rod Pilloud, director.

Dean Wilson, who plays one of the three friends, thinks people will find that “Catfish Moon” is a funny, two-hour play.

“I hope people go away having had an enjoyable evening,” said Wilson.

This play is simply for enjoyment, said Pilloud, who has been a part of several productions for Centerstage, including “A Texas Romance,” “Picnic” and “Of Mice and Men.”

Barnett said she began acting in high school and didn’t really devote time to her acting career until two years ago. She began taking acting classes and got an agent, who got her the Lotto commercial.

She has been in several productions for Centerstage, including “The Foreigner,” “Greetings” and “Crimes of the Heart.”

Barnett hopes to keep on acting. “I am really enjoying myself right now,” she said.

The show runs through Aug. 17. Tickets and information are available at 661-1444.

Janica Lockhart is a news intern. She can be reached at 925-5565 and jmlockhar@yahoo.com

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