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Once on this Island Jr. hopes to entertain audience Saturday

The Rouses Point production will be made free to the public through funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, CVPH Medical Center, the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Having such funding in place, said Lavin, is crucial in bringing theatre to people when they can't always get to the theatre.

"Art - be it dance, music, painting or theatre - should be for everyone," said Lavin. "It should be enjoyed by the masses and if that means it has to travel then it should travel."

While he wants the audience to take home the importance of understanding diversity and appreciating each other's differences, Lavin said he also wants them to realize how talented the performers are from the North Country.

"These young people have given up most of their spring and summer to entertain you," said Lavin. "These are the type of young people who should be written about more often."

Once on this Island Jr. will also be performed at Clinton Community College's Stafford Theatre in Plattsburgh Thursday, July 16, through Saturday, July 18, nightly, beginning at 7 p.m. An additional matinee will be held at 2 p.m. July 18.

The Plattsburgh performance will cost $10 for admission, with tickets available at the customer service booth at Champlain Centre mall, the Continuing Education department at Clinton Community College, and Chase Convenience Stores in Peru and Cumberland Head Corners.

For more information about Once on this Island Jr. and the Adirondack Regional Theatre's final summer production, "Little Shop of Horrors," visit the group's Web site at www.adktheatre.com or send an e-mail to adirondackregionaltheatre@hotmail.com.

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