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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Grizzard portrayal on tap for Celebrations

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  • In a presentation of the Vernon Arts Council, Bill Oberst, Jr. is set to portray Lewis Grizzard in a performance on Thursday, April 2, at 7 pm at Celebrations in Leesville.
    “I love Grizzard’s work,” Oberst said. “Lewis Grizzard was the nations’ most successful newspaper columnist, a best-selling author and a Southern cultural icon.  The man was an actor’s dream:  alternately caustic and sentimental, but always funny.”
    “Lewis Grizzard:  In His Own Words” consists of two acts, one of Grizzard’s stand-up comedy and one featuring readings from his books and columns.  Oberst has performed as Grizzard for more than 600 shows since being chosen by Grizzard's widow and manager just five years after his death.
    Grizzard, a syndicated columnist, was known for his Southern pride and patriotic fervor, and Oberst brings these core values alive with story after story.  Grizzard was a man who said “he’s American by birth and Southern by the grace of God.” 
    Oberst’s commanding stage presence will have the audience entranced and laughing throughout the evening.
    Tickets are $15.00 each for adults and $7.00 for students and will be available at the door of Celebrations. 
    For more information, please contact Sandra Craft at 337-397-2127 or the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337-238-0783.

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