February First Friday: Welcome to Mitford

The First Friday of February, the 6th, is opening night for Welcome to Mitford, a drama/comedy by Robert Inman adapted from the Mitford novels by Jan Karon.  Join Main Street Marion, the Marion Civic Theatre, and The Dam Deli – The Mill before the show for delicious hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and snacks.  Pre-show mingling, snacks, and fun will begin at 6 p.m. with the Heartstrings Ensemble‘s Shane Laubach and pianist Peggy Wright in the theatre lobby.  This is a special treat for opening night only!! Join us on the ‪#‎FirstFriday‬ of February for food, music, and comedy!  Curtain call is 7:30 p.m.

Other February ‪#‎FirstFriday‬ highlights include:

  • Faith in Motion Christian School of Dance is offering a $5 off coupon for a FIM Group Fitness pass (Regular price is $30 for an 8-session pass)!! Also, FREE registration for 2nd semester ($15 value)! Second semester classes begin February 2.
  • Bring your Marion Civic Theatre tickets from opening night to the Shades of Romance on Saturday at the Centrum Boutique Shoppes & Offices and receive discounts from select vendors, such as Anne Maddox, Fine Artist, Writer & Social Advocate.
  • Bring your Marion Civic Theatre tickets from opening night of Welcome to Mitford to the Main Street Marion office before Friday, February 13th, and you will receive the opportunity for additional discounts and prizes from local businesses!!

The play, directed by J J Leak, centers on Father Tim Kavanagh, a much-loved bachelor rector of Lord’s Chapel church in the close-knit mountain community of Mitford, surrounded by long-time friends and parishioners—church secretary Emma, housekeeper Puny, local mayor Esther, a covey of eccentric regulars at the Main Street Grill, elderly heiress Miss Sadie Baxter, and jokester Uncle Billy and his dotty wife, Miss Rose, who likes to direct traffic wearing a military trench coat and rubber boots. Father Tim’s life is absorbed with the life of his town and the pastoring of his lively congregation. But things change radically when Father Tim takes in teenager Dooley Barlow, the unruly orphaned grandson of the church gardener, and again when he falls in love with and weds his new next-door neighbor, Cynthia Coppersmith, who writes and illustrates award-winning children’s books. Father Tim and Cynthia struggle with the idea of his possibly retiring from his long career as a parish priest. He neglects his diet and exercise and is injured when he goes into a diabetic coma while driving and wrecks his car. During his recuperation, he battles depression as he agonizes over questions about his worth, his work and his future. Meanwhile, Dooley has grown into a fine young man, and as he heads off to a prestigious college (financed by Miss Sadie), he asks Father Tim and Cynthia to adopt him. Father Tim prays for direction and finds an answer through scripture. In a final sermon, he surrenders himself to God’s will and is soon rewarded by his bishop with a new job as part-time minister of a struggling rural church. Hand in hand with Cynthia, he steps confidently into his future.

Other showtimes will be February 7th, 13th, and 14th at 7:30 p.m. and February 8th and 15th at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.marion-civic-theatre.org.

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