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Performances to fund repairs at opera house

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Members of Indian Valley Theatre prepare for this weekend’s performances of "We the People" at the Sandwich Opera House.

Tickets for this weekend’s patriotic production of “We the People” are still available for purchase. Proceeds will go to fund seat repairs at the historic Sandwich Opera House.

Built in 1878, the Sandwich Opera House has served as a community center and an entertainment venue. During World War II, the opera house was abandoned and did not open until a major restoration was completed in 1986. The Sandwich Opera House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cost to repair one seat is $100, for a total cost of $31,000. The opera house is still in need of raising more than $7,500.

Performance times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 and can be ordered online at www.indianvalleytheatre.com.

Published by Pioneer Drama, “We the People” begins as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Through a series of sketches organized phrase by phrase from the Preamble of the Constitution, they show not only how the Constitution applies to the past, but also to the present and future. Everyday life is showcased in both funny and poignant vignettes, offering a variety of moods as it explores the deeper meanings of the language of the Constitution.

This educational and inspirational show will leave audiences with a better understanding of the founding of America as they appreciate what makes this country unique and great.

“We the People” is sponsored by Bob Wright, State Farm Insurance of Sandwich.

For more information, visit www.indianvalleytheatre.com.

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