Butterflies take to local stage

Josh Campbell, left, and Victoria Recker, right, run through lines during rehearsal for the Wapakoneta Theatre Guild's spring production, "Butterflies Are Free" at the Eagles Aerie #691 on Tuesday night. The show premiers on Friday Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show and dinner are $25, while tickets for the show only are $12. They can be purchased by visiting the Guild's Facebook page or by calling (419) 738-2248.
Staff Writer

Final preparations are underway at the Wapakoneta Eagles Aerie #691 for the Wapakoneta Theatre Guild's spring show "Butterflies are Free," which begins a two weekend run on Friday night.

Christopher Butturff, who starred in a previous iteration of the show in 2000, is directing the show, with Jessie Lisowski serving as assistant director and Joe Schlater producing.

The show centers on Don Baker, played by Josh Campbell, the subject of his mother's (Peg Matheny) book series. Don, who is blind, strikes out on his own, meeting his attractive neighbor and actress, Jill Tanner (Victoria Recker), in the process. The storyline follows their exploits in Don’s dingy Manhattan apartment, and a bit of an intrusion from Ralph Austin (The WDN’s very own Mike Frank).

The cast has spent several weeks getting ready for the show, rehearsing in their space above the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce, until moving over to...

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