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Community troupe using old school for play

Dorchester Civic Center hosting first public event

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POSTED: April 14, 2010 1:08 p.m.
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Jasmine Kersey, April Groves and Jennifer Buehler play three women whose lives are traced in "Vanities," which will be staged Friday and Saturday as the first public event at the new Dorchester Civic Center.

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The Liberty Theatre Company will help reintroduce the public to a spruced-up Dorchester Civic Center Friday and Saturday with its current production, “Vanities.”
Jennifer Buehler, one of the stars of the three-person comedy, said the idea to use the civic center came from director Brian Rothwell.
“When the cast came together for our first meeting, we originally thought of Brewton-Parker, but we were unsure of the construction schedule,” Buehler said. “Brian thought the civic center would be perfect.”
Don’t confuse the center with the historic Dorchester Academy. The center is in an old elementary school on Islands Highway east of I-95.
Buehler said when the group approached the caretakers of the civic center, “they thought it was exactly within the scope of what they wanted for the center.”
Additionally, she said, the time period of the play — which begins in the 1960s — partnered perfectly with the history of the Dorchester facility.
“Vanities” is a comedy about three sisters growing up in Texas; the play follows their lives through the end of high school, college and the years after.
“We were really interested in a community theater show with adult characters,” Buehler said.
She said interest in the play is high, with about 100 tickets sold for each show. She said they have planned for 200 guests at each performance.
“We’re so excited. We want people to know that there’s a community theater out here.”
Joining Buehler in the cast are April Groves and Jasmine Kersey.
This is the fourth production from the Liberty Theatre Company, which is a part of the Hinesville Area Arts Council. The group was formed in January 2009 and has since performed two one-act plays and a children’s Christmas production.
“Vanities” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; tickets are $8 each and a portion of sales will go toward the Dorchester Civic Center.
“That’s a kind of our thank-you for them letting us use the performance space. The civic center is a wonderful place,” Buehler said. “People should really come out and see the restoration that’s been done.”
 

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