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Stageloft show aims to raise a roof with laughs



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Stageloft actors Ed Dunn and Mark Patrick in a skit titled “The Roshminko Twins,” a Russian vaudeville act. (click for larger version)
December 28, 2010
STURBRIDGE — It has often been said that laughter is good for the soul. On Friday night it will be good for both the soul and the community, as the Stageloft Theater will donate all proceeds from its New Year's Eve variety and comedy show to the Tri-Community Habitat project in Sturbridge.

Two shows are scheduled at the Stageloft Theater to help ring in 2011, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. The shows will feature musical selections, Abbott and Costello routines, comic skits, and other performances.

"We have been doing a variety show for ten years and previously donated to other charitable organizations," said Stageloft Theater owner Ed Cornely. "We like to connect with the local community and give back – the people who attend are very gracious."

The Habitat Affordable Housing Project in Sturbridge is the product of a partnership between the town of Sturbridge, the Sturbridge Housing Partnership, and the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest and Greater Worcester affiliate (HFH-MW/GW). The Sturbridge Housing Partnership purchased the land using community preservation funds intended to increase the affordable housing inventory in town. They subsequently awarded HFH-MW/GW the right to develop 79 Fairview Park Road as an affordable Habitat home.

The project is a single family home with 1,200 square feet of living space, and work on the foundation is expected to begin in March of 2011 if the weather cooperates. The unit will be designed as a raised-ranch complete with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. In addition, the structure will be detailed and landscaped in a manner compatible with neighboring homes. Informational meetings for prospective homeowners will be held at various locations throughout Sturbridge and Southbridge in January.

The Stageloft Theater is no stranger to benefiting Habitat endeavors, donating the proceeds of many shows in the last fifteen years to help defray the building costs of Habitat structures.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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