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'Rabbit Hole' was a first for Theatre Guild
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From Mark Miller
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Monroe Theatre Guild on its latest production - "The Rabbit Hole," directed by Dave Bristow and Denise Plantenberg. The show contains the strengths that have defined the Guild since 1970 - good set, costume and lighting design; strong character development and truly enjoyable acting; and an all around sense of a community production done in a skillful and professional manner. My purpose in writing, however, is not just to inform the community of a fantastic dramatic production. This production is in many ways a new beginning for the Monroe Theatre Guild. Back in September of 2009 MTG kicked off a capital campaign for the purpose of purchasing and renovating the old JC Penney/Stage department store into a useable home for the guild. This production marks the first full-length dramatic production in this new space. To be certain, the building has a long way to go before this project is completed, but this show in this space is in many ways very apropos. In The Rabbit Hole, it takes Becca and Howie a long time to get the courage to take a leap of faith and allow each other to move on with their lives after a terrible tragedy. The guild took a leap of faith to begin a capital project that will provide a home that will ensure quality community based performing arts for the City of Monroe and the surrounding region for many years to come. I encourage everyone to come at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and see what we have built. Come and see a wonderful production, a timeless story of strength and endurance. Come also to see the progress that we have made in turning a vacant building into a showcase that Monroe can be proud of.