Terminal Café Stages at Providence High School in Burbank

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Becky Paz and Michael Armstead in “Terminal Café.”

Terminal Café is a touching look at the life and death of a very small town in New Mexico. It’s a simple town with simple inhabitants and, as always, there are changing times and progress leaves victims. In fact, Jon Tuttle’s script was inspired by the real town of Madrid, New Mexico. This is a journey that has moments of mystery, comedy, and tragedy and is set in the war years of the early 1940s.

From the moment I sat down in Providence High School’s Black Box Theatre I was intrigued by Jeremy Kent-Jackson’s set design, plus he also served as the director. The set was eye-catching, fluid, and intriguing and aided greatly in setting up the story which Providence is producing with a double cast of students. The Providence High Arts Dramatic Department developed and maintained by DiscoveryOnstage meets its goal of providing a professional experience in the arts —From the Imagination Up®.

Providence alum Rogelio Caedo composed some original music which enhances the script and shows his talents as well along with a core group of musicians punctuating the comings and goings of the large youthful cast. Providence, a school that the director describes as one that always says “YES!” features a wonderfully emerging stage and setup. Your artistic experience will be enhanced by the student art work displayed in the lobby and some homemade baked goods on sale in the lobby as well.

Terminal Café runs one more weekend. Shows are Nov. 15, 16, and 17 at 7 p.m. at Providence High School located at 511 S. Buena Vista St. in Burbank. For tickets or more information visit providencehigharts.org/buy-tickets/ or call (818) 846-8141 ext. 203.

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