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Don't miss these opportunities

January 5, 2010 - Diane Speer
January is one of those months when it's nice to just hole up in the warmth of home. All the holiday hoopla is but a memory and the frigid winter weather has set in, so a few weeks of "down time" isn't a bad thing.

But choosing to stay home might mean you'd miss some great local theatre opportunities. This weekend (Jan. 9 at 1 and 6 p.m.), the Alpena High School Masquers Club is doing its annual murder mystery fundraiser at Trinity Episcopal Church. The show, "Murder at Rutherford House," is an interactive whodunit performed by high school students. It also features plenty of food and fun. All the money raised from the event goes back into the high school drama program, which like many other school extracurriculars, has been hard hit by funding cuts at Alpena Public Schools. If you are interested in attending and supporting these kids, call 884-2075 for reservations.

Opening Jan. 14 at Alpena Civic Theatre is the dramatic story of Helen Keller and her ground-breaking tutor, Annie Sullivan. "Miracle Worker" will play for two weeks only, with show times on Thursdays through Sundays (Jan. 14-17 and Jan. 21-24). It marks the ACT directing debut of Jay Kettler and features a cast who has been hard at work these past few months getting ready for the show. Reservations can be made at 354-3624.

Finally, Thunder Bay Theatre is offering up a benefit production of "The Dixie Swing Club," for two weekends only, Jan. 22-24 and Jan. 29-31. It will feature some of Alpena's best-loved female actresses, including Terry Carlson and Bunny Lyon. Along with being entertaining, money from this show will help keep TBT functional and afloat. For reservations, call 354-2267.


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