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Encore performance shows local theater growing

POSTED: March 2, 2017 1:14 p.m.
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Steven Mason plays Daniel and Emily McMullan plays Jennifer in “Growing,” a play put on by the Richmond Hill Community Theatre.

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An encore performance usually doesn’t happen, but this weekend is another chance for the public to see “Growing,” a play put on by the Richmond Hill Community Theatre.
The locally-written play debuted last weekend and that typically would have been it.
RHCT board president Ashlee Farris explained that the play’s venue, Life Moves Dance Studio, allowed them to keep the stage set up without having to break down everything.
“Normally, we only do one weekend’s worth of performances, but because she’s allowing us to keep it up, we’re able to do two weekends’ worth,” Farris said of Life Moves Dance Studio owner Teresa Merritt. “Normally, we only do one weekend because we usually have to rent.”
This play lasts about two hours and is best suited for audiences from late teens to adult, organizers said.
RHCT board member and acting producer Kelly Loomis called it a “very sweet story,” that leans toward a mix of drama and comedy, or “dramedy.”
“It’s a slice of life and it’s something many people can relate to,” Loomis said. “I think it’s kind of a fun ride watching their story unfold.”
He said audiences may be tempted to stereotype the characters.
“I hope that people would be entertained by it and maybe even learn some things - that everybody is not what they seem. There’s always more to each person’s story,” Loomis said.
Steve Mason of Pooler wrote the play and shared what event goers could expect.
“They can expect to laugh, hopefully, and they can expect to have a good time,” Mason said. “This is the world-premiere of “Growing,” so whoever comes to see it over the next two weeks, you’re going to be the very first audiences to see it. You never know what might happen with it after this, but you can say that you were there first.”
The performance starts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for seniors, students, and the military.
Life Moves Dance Studio is offering on-site childcare and The Pregnancy Center of Richmond Hill is also expected to have an informational booth at the event.

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