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Professional 'Mame' aimed to help area school bands

April 16, 2006|By JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.

A national touring company will perform the musical "Mame" on Tuesday night at Chambersburg Area Senior High School to raise money for local bands.

The irrepressible Mame is a woman at the center of New York high society in 1928. She becomes the guardian to her late brother's 10-year-old son, and the story follows the pair as he acclimates to her social status and flamboyant friends. Plus, she adjusts to work after the stock market crashes in 1929, according to Mainstage's Web site. St. Louis-based Mainstage is co-producing the show with Candlewood International.

Proceeds benefit the Chambersburg Area Band Promotion Association, a parent group that supports the high school band and other bands in the school district as needed. The group subsidizes band trips and provides bottled water for away football games, says Jayne Grier, who is coordinating the fundraiser.

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The musical production is being sponsored by the Gilmore-Hoerner Endowment, a trust established by the late William Stenger Hoerner and his late wife, Gail Gilmore Hoerner. The trust sponsors musical, literary, artistic and dramatic events for the community.

This particular performance is dedicated to Ruth Harrison, former president of the endowment, who died in 2005, Grier says.

If you go ...

WHAT: The musical "Mame"

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18

WHERE: Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa.

COST: $6 per person, with reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at Jack Gaughen ERA Realtor, 1047 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa., on weekdays, including Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets also will be sold at the door Tuesday night.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 81 north to exit for U.S. 30. Turn left off exit onto U.S. 30. Turn left on Sixth Street. Go about five blocks to the corner of McKinley and Sixth streets. There is ample, free parking on the street and in lots.

MORE: For more information or tickets, call Jayne Grier at 1-717-860-6914.

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