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In response to sell-out season, Stone Fence Theatre adds extra performance of Train show

With all summer shows in Eganville sold out, Stone Fence Theatre is adding an extra performance of its hit musical show Here Comes the Train! The Ottawa Valley Railway Story on Thursday evening, August 13, at the Eganville Community Centre.

The show, which looks at the rise and fall of the steam railway era in the Ottawa Valley, opened July 13 and has played exclusively to capacity audiences.  With the August 12th show already sold out, and a waiting list of customers wanting tickets, the company decided to add one more show for the summer audiences, before taking a break until fall, when they'll be back with 8 more performances. 

The August 13 performance will be performed as dessert theatre, featuring home-made fruit pies by Andrea Paetzold-Budarick of Palmer Rapids, rather than the company's signature supper theatre show. Reduced tickets cost $30 + HST.

"Audiences have responded warmly to the play," says playwright and producer Ish Theilheimer. "The railways were terribly important to the Ottawa Valley, and many area people had family members who worked on the railways. They tell me they find the stories in the play authentic and moving."

The play is based on first-person accounts from some of the last of the surviving railway workers from the steam era, which ended in about 1961 on local lines. Scenes and songs in the play take place in locations such as Smiths Falls, Barry’s Bay, Lake Traverse, Calabogie, and Madawaska. It includes history too, such as accounts of railroad builders J.R. Booth and M.J. O'Brien.

"We tapped into a rich vein of history with this project," says Theilheimer. "There are some important stories here, and people keep telling me how much they enjoy the show's songs and our talented cast. I'm very pleased with this response, of course, and deeply appreciative of the many people who took the time to share the railway stories with me that went into this play."

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