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Women’s Resource Centre to benefit from the Vagina Monologues

Cranbrook’s V-Day celebration comes to Key City Theatre just in time for Valentine’s weekend, Friday, February 15, 2013. The show starts at 8 p.m. and there will be live music in the lobby starting at 7 p.m.

The ladies on stage will bring the house down with passion, purpose and the powerful words of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

Tanya Laing Gahr is once again taking on directorial duties of the play. She’s bringing in a cast of more than 15 women representing diverse backgrounds and experiences.

“You’ll walk out of this event feeling energized,” Laing Gahr said. “The excitement, the performers and the message are going to combine into an evening that inspires, provokes and entertains.”

The performance will be the second that Laing Gahr and producer Susan Hanson have done as a fundraiser for the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre. Their production last year raised nearly $8,000 for the centre, which has been serving women in Cranbrook for 41 years.

“The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre helps hundreds of women—and their children—every year,” Laing Gahr said. “Our theatre company, Drama Queens, has chosen to support the resource centre because we believe in the work it does—and we believe in the women who use it.”

The Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre is one of the last centres of its kind in the province. Government funding cuts have led to centres shutting down, and the Cranbrook centre was shut down for several months during 2011.

This year, the overall fundraising goal for the centre is $50,000.

The Friends of the Women’s Centre are working on several projects to raise funds, but The Vagina Monologues has a special place.

“The Vagina Monologues is part of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls,” Laing Gahr said. “Cranbrook’s resource centre is the first stop for many women who are experiencing violence and are choosing to get the support they need to move on.”

Tickets are now on sale at the Key City Theatre Box Office. They are $25. All of the proceeds will go to the Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre.

To buy tickets from home, call the Box Office at 250-426-7006.

“I can’t wait to hear how the crowd responds to the performance,” Laing Gahr said. “It’s hard to describe how much energy there is in the room during The Vagina Monologues. You really have to be there.”

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