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A play for charity: Prince George’s Miracle Theatre adds five shows

Tickets for the charity-driven play are selling like hot cakes
Set construction for Miracle Theatre's latest play. (via Facebook/Miracle Theatre)

Even before opening night, Miracle Theatre’s production of Halfway There is starting to generate a lot of buzz.

Miracle Theatre, which is run by producer Anne Laughlin and director Ted Price, hosts a production each year to raise money for local non-profits and charities.

This year they are producing Norm Foster’s play Halfway There and the play, opening on February 28, and they have already sold 81 per cent of available tickets.

Originally planned for a four-week run, sales for the show have been so successful that the production has decided to add another five shows, or another week of performances, to the schedule.

Something special about this year's play is the funds raised will go to the Prince George Community Foundation to establish a Children of Prince George fund.

This will be an endowment fund — the annual investment earnings will accumulate each year and go to children’s charities in the community.

“The idea of an endowment fund that will provide annual investment earnings for children in perpetuity is being heartily endorsed,” said Price in a press release.

“The idea of a night out to see a Norm Foster comedy directed by Ted Price sparked lots of interest as soon as it was announced,” added producer Annie Laughlin. 

So what is the play about?

Well, Dr. Sean Merrit wanders into the small town of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, exactly halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Recently dumped by his fiancée, he’s looking for a new start and soon meets four local women, each with their own interesting life stories and the play unfolds from there.

Toronto-based actor Abraham Asto will play Dr. Sean Merrit and will be making his Prince George debut.

This is Miracle Theatre’s fourth production and over the years they have raised more than $144,000 for local charities.

There are still some tickets for the evening performances of Feb. 28, March 10, 12, and 17 and now the entire week of March 19 – 24. Tickets are available at Books & Company or by phoning 250-563-6637.