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The show goes on

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By John Foster

Scaffolding still covers the front of the building, but the show returned to the Little Colonel Playhouse lastweekend.The Little Colonel Players hosted three performances of the comedy “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning?” during the weekend.They are the first performances in the historic theatre since strong winds ripped a portion off the front of the building in January.Board member Bill Weber manned the box office for opening night on Thursday. He said moving the play dates one week later than originally scheduled probably affected attendance more than the scaffolding over the entrance.Attendance on opening night was down to about 50 compared to a normal 80 patrons, he said.Bill Baker, a member of the Little Colonel Players board of directors, said engineers determined the structure is still sound. For their last play, rehearsals took place at the playhouse and performances took place at Anchorage School.Wayne Muscar, president of the players, plays the role of an attorney in this play.He said “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning?” is a cute little play.“It’s a little risque, but funny.”He said construction is slower than he hoped — he wanted to be in the building for the last play. He said the blocks for the front have to be custom-made to blend in with the older blocks.The gap has been filled, but workers are still repairing the exterior layer of blocks on the front of the building, and scaffolding will remain up during the shows this weekend. He said construction crews are confident they will be finished before the youth production in July.He said he and the other players have been itching to get back in the playhouse.“It’s home,” he said.Baker said the repairs are covered in part by insurance. He said a capital campaign is in the works to pay for the remainder of the cost as well as the make some improvements to the building.Remaining performances of “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning?” are 8 p.m. May 23 and 24, and 2:30 p.m. May 25. Season ticket holders should note that play dates are one week later than originally scheduled. Tickets for all performances can be reserved by calling 588-1557. Adult tickets are $12; tickets for seniors and student tickets are $10.For information, visit www.littlecolonel.org.

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