Lavonna Miller as a member of the ensemble, Gaelyn Wilkie as Eunice and Amara Phelps as Blanche, from left, all theater majors, perform on opening night Thursday, March 6, of the theater production "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Lavonna Miller as a member of the ensemble, Gaelyn Wilkie as Eunice and Amara Phelps as Blanche, from left, all theater majors, perform on opening night Thursday, March 6, of the theater production “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

by Brittany Leiberman / Managing Editor
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“A Streetcar Named Desire” drew standing ovations on opening night, Thursday, March 6, in LBCC’s Auditorium.

“Streetcar” revolves around Blanche, a Southern belle whose delusions of grandeur and drinking intensify when she realizes her youth has slipped away. Blanche comes from Laurel, Miss. to her sister Stella’s apartment in New Orleans after her family’s Southern plantation is mysteriously “lost.”

Blanche is played by Amara Phelps, who previously played Judeen in LBCC’s “A Delightful Quarantine” last fall.

Sundra Lun, 19, a psychology major, said, “It makes me want to join theatre. I loved it and will definitely attend all the plays this semester.”

Director Anthony Carriero said actors came in to start rehearsing “Streetcar” two weeks before the Spring semester started. “They did 140 hours of rehearsal total and acted like professionals. In my 14 years at LBCC, this is one of the plays I am most proud of,” Carriero said.

Carriero sums up “Streetcar” as what happens when two opposing forces of equal power clash. “Blanche and her counterpart Mitch, played by Joshua Helms, both want what they can’t give each other.”

Niki Tumanyan, 19, a theatre major, said, “The story was passionate and well played. The actors did a great job.”

The theatre crew dedicated the production to LBCC student Jeremy Zazueta-Ruiz, who died in a car accident in December. Zazueta-Ruiz was part of the LBCC theatre family off and on for two years and performed in the theatre’s one-act play series and “A Long Bridge Over Deep Waters.”

The production will continue March 13 through March 15 at 8 p.m. and the final performance will be on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Presale tickets cost $10 while tickets at the door are $12.