Dinner theater will fund Playhouse renovations

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Cast members and co-directors of the Le Mars Community Theater have high hopes for their latest comedy -- not just that it will entertain, but that the fundraiser will bring in enough money to pay for renovations to the Postal Playhouse, 105 First St. N.E.

Providing handicap accessibility to the former post office is one priority for the theater group. Other repairs and renovations are needed as well. Money from the local option sales tax paid for the city's half of funding roof repairs on the city-owned building, while the theater paid for the other half. However, long-time moisture caused a section of the ceiling plaster and covering fabric to collapse one day last week, according to Marlene Fitzpatrick, co-director of the comedy "Cheating Cheaters."

She and Danna Schuster are leading a cast of characters played by Kristi Cronin, Kevin Hughes, Tim Pick, Megan Ruhland and Schuster in the production.

Preceding the comedy "Cheating Cheaters" will be a social hour and dinner, at the Knights of Columbus Hall with the play next door at the Postal Playhouse.

The fun will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 and Saturday, Aug. 10 at the KC Hall. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., catered by Timmy's, with ice cream desserts provided by Wells' Blue BunnyŽ. The playhouse is just a short walk across the lawn for the 8 p.m. performance. On Sunday, Aug. 11, the dinner is at 12:30 p.m. and the matinee performance at 2 p.m. The 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12 performance is a "last chance" theater-only showing with no meal preceding the performance.

Regular season memberships with the community theater will not be honored for the special fundraiser. This additional comedy is not one of the four plays announced for the Theater's season. The event is sponsored by Wells' Blue Bunny and Schuster Company.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. There is no reserved seating. Box office hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the playhouse or by calling 546-5788.

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