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‘Educating Rita’ opens to rave reviews

John and Hilary during rehearsal

Prince Edward Community Theatre opened its second show this season, “Educating Rita” to a sell-out crowd Saturday Feb. 4th.
Theatre-goers showed they were thrilled with the performances by actors Hilary Fennell-Hunter and John McCarthy, rewarding them with a standing ovation and applause that called them back to the stage for a second bow.  Similar sentiment continued after Sunday’s matinee.
Not only did patrons enjoy the show but they were also generous in supporting the theatre’s fundraising effort to take the show to Ottawa’s Eastern Drama League Festival in April.
“We are looking to raise $3,000 to cover expenses for the cast and crew to take “Rita” to the festival,” said assistant producer Jennifer Goodman. “Our show will be staged Thursday, April 12th at Ottawa Little Theatre.  Expenses include our festival entry, transporting our set and crew,  re-constructing the set, and accommodations.

Advice from the director

“Donations received by this weekend’s audiences were shockingly generous.  We feel very fortunate to have such a supportive theatre community in the County,” Goodman added.
Educating Rita continues Saturday Feb 11th and Sunday February 12th.  Tickets are $14 in advance or $15 at the door.  For tickets or information on the show call 613-476-5925.
Meanwhile, Prince Edward Community Theatre invites actors to audition for its third production of “Leading Ladies”.  Open auditions will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1pm at the Athol Community Hall.  Everybody is welcome to come out and read.  The cast calls for three young men, two older gentlemen, two young ladies and one mature woman.  This show will be performed at Mt Tabor playhouse  May 4, 5, and 11, 12 2012.

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