Meet the cast of CTH’s “Love Machine”: Cristian LaBar thrilled to be back on stage for “hilarious” production

The Community Theatre of Howell is presenting “Love Machine: An Evening of One Acts” on April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances take place at the Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

“Love Machine: An Evening of One-Acts” features five highly entertaining one-act plays, with a heavy emphasis on comedy.

The show is directed by Rick Spangler and produced by Linda Peasley and Kim Carnahan. Technical director is Chris Eldred and stage manager is Madison LeMieux.

Masks must be worn in the audience and social distancing will be observed. Tickets are $10, available by clicking here.

Over the next two weeks, the Livingston Post will be introducing you to members of the cast.

In today’s story, we meet Cristian LaBar, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Livingston Education Service Agency who works in the Early On program seeing children ages 0-3 years old in their homes and in the community. She and her husband Joshua live in Howell with their cat Misty dog Alice.

How did you first become involved with CTH? How many shows have you been involved with?

Cristian LaBar

It all started when I walked in off the street to audition for a radio show, then I went on to do several improv shows (seven-plus). Since then, I’ve ventured onto the main stage with last year’s “Wait Until Dark” and have done some behind-the-scenes work with assistance directing and CTH’s youth summer camp.

What are some favorite roles or theater experiences from the past, either with CTH or other groups?

I loved playing Susan in the thriller “Wait Until Dark” and the comedy improv troupe has always been joy to be a part of.

What do you like most about being involved with CTH?

You really get to know the other members involved and form a sense of community here.

Tell us about “The Love Machine” and why you like this show.

“Love Machine” consists of five vignettes that I like to refer to as Twilight Zone-esque comedies. It’s a fun show to be a part of as each cast member plays multiple roles. That means we get the chance to experiment with playing different characters all in one show. From costume changes to new character voices, this show is bound to captivate the audience and keep them wondering what’s next.

What can the audience expect with this production?

The audience can expect a safe and fun return to live theatre. There are many safety precautions in place to allow the audience to feel at ease returning to the theatre. Also, they can expect to laugh! After such a long break from performing, we’re so very excited to welcome everyone back with this lighthearted and hilarious show!

Cristian LaBar

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