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Kids & Co. presenting play about friendship

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A gutsy goose will teach the values of friendship to young theatre-goers in “Martha,” which will hit the Townshend Theatre stage tonight as part of the Kid’s & Co. series.

“Martha is an eccentric old lady who doesn’t make any friendships,” noted Gaby Emond of Kids & Co. “A crazy goose gets sick and tries to meddle into her affairs and get into her life.

“It explains the values of trust,” she added.

Tickets will be available at the door for the 6:30 p.m. performance, which cost $12 each (those three and under will be admitted free).

The play will be performed by “Catherine Wheels,” an acting company from Scotland that has been touring Canada for some time now. The company was brought in to perform in southern Ontario but added a Northwestern Ontario stretch to its tour.

“While they’re here, they’re looking to do a dog sled run,” Emond noted. “They’re looking for Canadian experiences.”

Emond said exposing children to plays such as “Martha” is a key way to ensure the local arts community remains vibrant.

“It’s very important. It starts them comprehending or seeing the value of the arts, which will give them a greater appreciation of it when they’re older,” she reasoned.

“Everything around here is sports, sports, sports,” she added. “The arts have been somewhat removed from the curriculum and they don’t have the same money as before, or the same opportunity to see it.”

Emond said the play also promises to be a good show for all ages.

“It will be a very good [play],” she said. “From what I understand from Red Lake, the kids enjoyed it tremendously and so did the adults, who shed a tear or two.”

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