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Making sure the show indeed does go on
Effingham Theatre held a car wash to raise money for its upcoming production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Pictured are: Kate Lanier, Jacob Lanier, Lee Thomas, Amy Thomas, Hailey Thomas, Mikaela Thomas, Nautica Chadwick and Tamara Tyre. Not pictured are Jonathan Thompson and Teresa Lanier. - photo by Photo by Calli Arnold

Effingham Theatre washed cars Saturday to raise money for its upcoming production, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

“The biggest thing people can do to help is actually to come out and fill the seats,” said Jonathan Thompson, vice president and artistic director for Effingham Theatre.

The show is expected to run the last two weekends in August, Aug. 17-18 and 24-25, although they have yet to find a venue. “Streetcar” will be a part of Effingham Theatre’s guest director series, with Rincon resident King Middleton in the director’s chair.

Like last year’s “Puss in Boots,” Effingham Theatre will donate a portion of the proceeds from “A Streetcar Named Desire” to the Rincon Fire Department’s Fill The Boot campaign, which supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Last year they gave $400, and they hope to surpass that this year.

“We hope to top that this year, and the way we do that is by people coming out to see the show,” Thompson said.

Like Effingham Theatre’s last show, “Little Women,” “Streetcar” will be performed from a different perspective than originally penned. Where “Little Women” was played from the character Jo’s viewpoint, “Streetcar” will be performed from Blanche DuBois’ side.

Thompson expects the show will cost $7,000 in donations to perform and said that donations of any sort would be appreciated “whether it’s money, manpower, material and venues.”

“Our biggest thing is venues,” said Thompson. “If we have a venue, we can do our shows for longer, and things like that.

“All of our shows themselves are fundraisers to raise money for the next show.”

Effingham Theatre is hosting its summer theatre camp July 11-22 at the Vernon C. Hinely Center in Rincon for ages 11-16, where campers will learn about all aspects of theatre, not just acting.

“It’s actually a full theatre camp,” Thompson said, “where we teach the kids how to design and make all of the scenery, all of the props and we give them a script and teach them how to act as well. So they actually design and make every aspect of the show.”

Theatre Camp will perform “Alice and Wonderland.”

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