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Little Theatre cruising into ‘cool’ season

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Want to shake off the blues by taking a cruise this winter—but can’t afford it?

Well, maybe Fort Frances Little Theatre could help out.

The troupe is planning to take its audiences on an interactive cruise as their January/February production, with Joyce McCormick and Brian Hagarty still scripting the piece.

“They’re writing it and I’m going to help them direct it,” explained Cathy Richards.

She said it would carry a “Love Boat”-style theme, noting so many different scenarios could come from that setting.

Richards admitted it was the success of “Lena and Lenny’s Wedding” a while back that prompted Little Theatre to pick this kind of play, with the audience becoming part of the action when they enter the venue.

“It’s a really different rehearsal process when you do it this way,” Richards admitted, noting it was more of a character rehearsal.

While Little Theatre doesn’t have its other performances picked out for the coming season, vice-president Chickie Gibson said both Ted Jablonski and Ray Maynard were still reviewing scripts.

“We’ve got some tentative dates from the venues, too, that are pencilled in,” Gibson noted.

Meanwhile, Little Theatre will hold its annual general meeting tomorrow at the Fort Frances Museum at 7 p.m. and it’s hoped to get a mix of both old and new faces.

“It’s for absolutely anyone who has an inkling to join,” Gibson enthused, stressing it wasn’t only for those interested in being on stage. There were plenty of positions behind the scenes as well.

Little Theatre also will hold the annual election of officers at tomorrow night’s meeting.

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