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Spotlight on … Bill Rhoten — actor, director

The founder and artistic director of the Ennis Public Theatre traces his theater roots back to an eighth grade speech class and a Bill Cosby comedy routine.
“I still remember the teacher’s name — it was Mrs. Stages,” he said.
The irony of that is not lost on him.

“She’d brought this kid up in front of the class who was going to be in a speech competition and he was doing a Bill Cosby number,” he said. “When he finished, I thought ‘I can beat this kid.’ ”

He walked to the back of the class and told Mrs. Stages to sign him up for his first tournament. He pulled out a performance of “The Chicken Heart that Ate New York City” and did end up beating his new nemesis.

“I ended up getting second place in humorous interpretation, and it was kind of just downhill from there,” he said.

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