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Volunteers sought to help prepare The Theatre in the Park facility for 2008 season
POSTED: 02/29/2008
Instead of a single opportunity for volunteers to help get the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's The Theatre in the Park facility ready for its summer season, this year, multiple opportunities are being offered.

In the past, the theater, which is located in Shawnee Mission Park with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, has conducted a single "Paint & Pound Workday" to de-winterize the facility. This year, Facility Manager Bill Gintzel is seeking interested individuals and groups to help out on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings between March 1 and June 1. Hours for this will generally be between Noon and 5 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, although other times can be arranged.

"I do need to know in advance that they are coming and about any special skills that they possess," Gintzel said. "About all I ask that anybody bring with them is their favorite pair of work gloves. I've got plenty of tools and paint brushes and everything they'll need to actually do the work. "I'll be there to show them what to do and help them do it if necessary,"

Tasks to be completed include painting, cleaning, inventorying supplies, planting flower beds, grounds maintenance, and de-wintering. Volunteer work for all levels of ability will be available. For more information or to schedule a time, call Gintzel at (913) 631-7050 ext. 442.

The first major public event at the facility this year will be the 2008 Kansas City EarthFest & Walk on April 19. The Theatre's 2008 season begins on June 7 with the Community Dance Showcase. Musical productions start June 13 with "Oklahoma!" Other shows to be presented during the Theatre's 2008 season include: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "42nd Street," and "Titanic - The Musical." For more information, including production dates, visit the theatre's website at or call (913) 631-7050.

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