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Theatre pitches in for fill the boot drive
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Tamara Tyre, owner of Effingham Theatre, Arick Whiddon , “Puss in boots,” Rincon Fire Department’s Kenny Whitten, Jonathan Thompson of the Effingham Theatre, Taylor Voisine, “Princess Pam,” and Jacob Lanier, “Tom,” Puss’ owner, celebrate the theatre’s donation of the fire department’s “fill the boot” drive for MDA. - photo by Photo provided
Effingham Theatre helped raise $400 for the Rincon Fire Department’s “fill the boot” campaign, which goes to aid sufferers of muscular dystrophy every year. They made the presentation of the check to volunteer firefighter Kenny Whitten, outside Rincon fire station number 2.
The money was raised through Effingham Theatre’s guest director series, which is an annual event. The guest director series was set up in 2009 to help local people with a passion for directing get a main stage experience. The guest director series is also a good way to help raise money for a local cause. This year a percentage of the ticket sale profit was donated to the Rincon Fire Department to help with their MDA drive.  
“The guest director series was set up to help give something back to the community, and to show our appreciation for another successful year,” said Jonathan Thompson of the Effingham Theatre. “My father was a fireman in England, so I have a lot of respect for the dangerous job they do. This is our way of showing support for the brave souls of the fire service.”
The money was collected over five shows, held at First Baptist Church of Springfield on Highway 119. The show itself was a rendition of “Puss ’n Boots,” the classic tale of a daring cat who takes his master from pauper to prince through a series of crazy schemes.  
“It just seemed to fit,” said Thompson. “We were doing ‘Puss ’n Boots,’ and the fire fighters were doing a ‘fill a boot.’ We even ran the shows on the same weekends that the fire fighters did their campaign.”
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