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Racicot gets high reviews for play

Friday, August 12, 2011

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KIRSTIN RACICOT
This has been a busy summer for Kirstin Racicot. The 2009 Monett High School graduate is now a theater major at Stephens College in Columbia. She has been part of the company at Stephens' Okoboji Summer Theatre shows in Okoboji, Iowa and has had two major roles.

Racicot, who was in the speech and drama program at Monett High School, Laura Wingfield, the daughter in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." Doris Wells, reviewer for the Okobojian newspaper, wrote, "Racicot was the only theatre student on the stage with three professionals and she gave a professional and amazing performance."

In Robert Harling's "Steel Magnolias," Racicot played Shelby, the part played by Julia Roberts in the film version. This weekend is the final show of the 54th season at Okoboji, Racicot is working on the crew on the sets and lighting for "Evita."

"This is her career path," said David Boyd, her father. He and Racicot's mother, Denise Boyd, have been to shows and share her enthusiasm.

"Kirstin was picked for 'Glass Menagerie' by her professor at Stephens, Beth Leonard. She picked Kirstin for her dedication and work ethic. Kirstin's really good. She learns her lines easily and has a real knack for it."

In "Steel Magnolias," Racicot got to work with Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in "Gilligan's Island." Wells is a Stephens alumni.

Working in theatre at Stephens also led Racicot into a film role. She had a small speaking part in the film "A Horrible Way to Die," which won best screenplay at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is scheduled for national release on Sept. 8.

"She's learning so much at Stephens," Boyd said. "She's learned to make things from wood and metal, even welding. I think it's made her understand more of what it takes to work in the field. There's a lot more to it than anyone imagines."

Racicot will be back in class on Aug. 22 to start her senior year at Stephens.

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