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January 30, 2014

'The Laramie Project' opens tonight


“We try to keep the exits and entrances to a minimum,” said Burk-Sciallo.

Still, she says that having to adapt to a space is a challenge that she’s used to.

“It’s the beauty of community theater,” said Burk-Sciallo.

Costumes are similarly simple. All cast members will be dressed in base black clothing. When playing a specific character they will use props or items of clothing, such as a hoody or a lighter, in order to differentiate roles.

The production will be held on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Gallery C. Burk-Sciallo says that the production may add dates in Cherry Valley.

“It’s been a very wonderful project so far,” said Burk-Sciallo.

Tickets will only be available at the door, and are $10. Because of its themes, it is suggested for viewers 13 and older. 

All money made by the production will be donated to the Students Against Destructive Decisions chapters in Cooperstown and Cherry Valley. Burk-Sciallo is the adviser for the Cooperstown SADD chapter, which tackles such issues as drinking and driving, partner violence and supporting diversity.

As for the significance of “The Laramie Project” today, Burk-Sciallo says that it is still very relevant.

“I think that it still is important today because we just aren’t there yet,” said Burk-Sciallo, noting that hate crimes are still committed worldwide

“This is our small part to bring about awareness in the world.”

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