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LCT veteran returns for ‘Mamma Mia’

Two seasons ago, Amanda Richey wowed crowds into a hushed silence in her turn as Diana Goodman in Lawton Community Theatre’s production of the musical “Next to Normal.” Richey, who had called the LCT stage home for more than 20 years, left it all on the stage that season. After the final curtain call, she decided that she needed to take some time off from acting.

In her role, Richey starred as a woman suffering from mental illness. It was a personal show for Richey. One that she found very rewarding. She had never seen more growth on stage than she had in that role.

“It was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been on stage,” Richey said. “I loved the challenge. I loved pushing myself to new limits as a performer. But when it wrapped, I didn’t know where I was going to go from there.”

Richey prides herself on always knowing what her next role will be. She would often put things in motion months ahead of time toward her next acting goal. Before her current show even ended, she would be looking into her next. But at the end of “Next to Normal,” Richey felt directionless for the first time.

So she decided to take some time off from acting, stepping away from the LCT stage last summer.

“I always knew LCT would be there for me, just like it had been for 20-plus years, and if the right show came along, I’d be able to go back and it would be a wonderful experience,” Richey said.

The Lawton Constitution

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