Has a star been born in Thousand Oaks, Calif.? California Lutheran University’s Theatre Arts Department has been invited to stage its production of “THE CHERRY ORCHARD” at the prestigious Region VIII Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Los Angeles. The cast includes sophomore theater arts major JESSICA BUTENSHON of Astoria. 

Pictured above, “The Cherry Orchard” cast members, from left, Jordan Skinner as Trofimov, Jessica Butenshon as Anya and Elyse Sinklier as Ranevskaya.

Tom Stoppard’s version of the Anton Chekhov play about a quirky family in early 20th-century Russia will be presented at the festival Feb. 10. Only 10 productions from Southern California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah were invited to fully mount their shows at the festival. This is the second time a CLU Mainstage Theatre production has been selected.

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