Civic theater performance to benefit Hazen pool upkeep

October 19, 2011

By Staff

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 NEW — 2:45 p.m., Oct. 19, 2011

A special Renton Civic Theater preview performance of “The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful” on Oct. 20 will benefit the “Save Renton Pools” fund.

The fund benefits the upkeep of Hazen High School’s pool, which escaped closure for the 2011-2012 school year.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The save the pools campaign came in the wake of school officials finding themselves without $60,000 needed to operate the pools at Hazen and Lindbergh high schools for the year.

The Charles Ludlam play is one of the most produced comedies in U.S. history. It is a tribute to gothic horror films, liberally stealing from well known film classics like “Wuthering Heights,” “The Mummy’s Curse” and “Rebecca.”

Attendees will also recognize dialog lifted from Henrik Ibsen, William Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe. This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas is complete with werewolves, vampires, damsels in distress and an Egyptian mummy.

The cost is $15 per person.

Beer, wine, soft drinks and baked goods will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support the “Save Renton Pools” fund.

Learn more by emailing Lindberghpool@rentonschools.us.

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