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The Birds and the Bees come to Miracle Theatre in the spring

Miracle Theatre’s Anne Laughlin and Ted Price with the poster for The Birds and the Bees, which will be at Artspace February 12 to March 4, 2019. Bill Phillips photo

Prince George’s Miracle Theatre will be returning in the spring and, for the second year in a row, the Community Foundation’s The Children of Prince George Fund will be the beneficiary of all the proceeds.

It’s the fifth production for the Miracle Theatre, created by Anne Laughlin and Ted Price.

“Halfway There was our last play and it started The Children of Prince George Fund under the trusteeship of the foundation,” said Price. “The idea of starting an endowment fund to help children in need was something we could instantly get behind.   But more importantly, our audiences were eager to get behind it as well.”

Halfway There raised a record $84,000 for the new fund and the goal this year is to raise $71,298.

“Meeting this goal would mean that over four years and two months, Miracle Theatre’s donations to our city’s non-profits will reach  $300,000,” said Price. “That is such a nice number to hit. In addition that goal will also allow The Children of Prince George Fund to  achieve critical mass.  That goal will allow the fund to grow to over $150,000.”

Miracle Theatre has secured the rights to Mark Crawford’s The Birds and The Bees.

The play revolves around four characters  Gail,  Earl,  Sarah,  and Ben.

“Gail is a divorced 60-something bee keeper,” said Laughlin. “She’s attempting to keep Earl, the farmer next door, at bay over his use of insecticides and his endless quest for the perfect woman. That’s when Gail’s recently separated,  almost 40,  turkey farmer daughter,  moves back home.

“Daughter Sarah is in a desperate state because the ticking of her biological clock is getting louder and louder and she still remains without a child. Meanwhile a young, handsome researcher has been given the run of the place to prepare his thesis on Gail’s bees.”

As the weeks go by, endless comic misadventures lead them all to learn one of life’s biggest lessons:No matter what may happen, it’s always important to take good care of your honey.

The Birds and The Bees will run from Feb. 12 to March 4.

Tickets are $34, at Books and Company – – available in person or by phone.

The play will be produced by Laughlin and directed and designed by Price.   In addition a large group of supporters contribute to each production in such areas as carpentry, costumes, painting, promotion, lighting, sound, and front of house.

This production, with actors recruited nationally, is being cast and contracted with the co-operation of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

This fundraiser was inspired by the success of  Miracle Theatre’s previous productions:

-“Miracle On South Division Street” which raised  $42,294.35  for the Children’s Programs at the Salvation Army Food Bank and 27 Million Voices

-“The Last Romance” which raised  $52,144.12  towards  the local fight against cancer by helping to equip Prince George’s  new Breast Imagining Clinic.

-“The Fabulous Lipitones” which raised $50,225.95 for United Way.

-“Halfway There” which raised $84,039.45 to begin The Children of Prince George Fund.

This play will mark the 75th  professional play Price and Laughlin have produced, directed, or designed for Prince George since 1994.

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