BY BILL PHILLIPS
Are you ready for another miracle next spring? One that benefits the Prince George Community Foundation?
Well, it’s coming.
Hot of the smashing success of The Fabulous Lipitones earlier this year, Miracle Theatre will be back in 2019 with a performance of Halfway There by Norm Foster.
Miracle Theatre is the brainchild of Ted Price and Anne Laughlin and this will be the fourth production with proceeds going to charity.
“There are so many terrific charities we’re eager to support,” said Price. “But we’re especially keen on the idea of contributing to the Community Foundation because the money we raise for the Prince George Foundation will never stop giving to others, year after year.”
Miracle Theatre’s production of Miracle on South Division Street raised $42,294.35 for the Salvation Army and 27 Million Voices, its production of The Last Romance raised $52,144.12 for the new breast imaging centre, and The Fabulous Lipitones raised $50,225.95 for the United Way.
“We don’t want to jinx it, but we hope this next play might top the others,” said Price. So we have set a fundraising goal of $55,335.58. That sum would bring Miracle Theatre to a new grand total of exactly $200,000 in fundraising for Prince George.”
Alain LeFebvre, Community Foundation president, said Miracle Theatre puts on quality performances.
“We couldn’t be happier to be the beneficiary of their event this year,” he said. “The Prince George Community Foundation will be using the funds to create a children of Prince George Fund.”
It will be an endowment fund where the money earned from the investments will go to support local children.
Halfway There is one Foster’s most recent plays. It takes place in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia and four women who congregate after hours as Junior’s Diner. All is well until Dr. Sean Merrit moves to town.
“He’s handsome and recently separated, which is a huge plus,” said Laughlin. “But he’s from Toronto, which is a huge minus … The play is a story of laughter and surprise.”
Price and Laughlin have already started casting for the play and have Linda Carson, who grew up here in Prince George.
Halfway There will run from February 28 to March 20, 2019 at Artspace, above Books and Company, which has donated the space.
“And while raising these funds, it’s again also our goal to contribute to our city’s arts and at the same time bring people a whole lot of fun and please,” said Price. “This will be providing 20 evenings and afternoons of professional theatre in the form of a wonderful new comedy by Canada’s most successful playwright.”