02/04/07 — Tickets still available for Paramount benefit

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Tickets still available for Paramount benefit

By Patricia Jones
Published in News on February 4, 2007 2:00 AM

Tickets are still available for a fun-filled evening that will benefit the resurrection of an historic landmark downtown.

Margaret Baddour and Geoff Hulse will host the first of several fundraisers for the new theater this month, with proceeds going to local businessman David Weil to offset some of the costs associated with the $5 million Paramount Theater construction.

The slapstick play, "The Mystery of Irma Vep," will be sponsored by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. and the Arts Council of Wayne County.

Hulse and Mrs. Baddour are both well-known through their involvement in the performing arts. Hulse played Boolie in "Driving Miss Daisy" and Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," both directed by Mrs. Baddour, who also has directed "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and several other plays at Wayne Community College.

This particular play will feature chaotic costume changes, voices and accents and will require Hulse and Mrs. Baddour to cross genders at a moment's notice.

"The (play) is a twisted version of 'Rebecca,'" Mrs. Baddour said. "It involves werewolves, vampires, servants, a lord and a lady."

All the characters will be played by one of the two actors, she added.

Tickets for "High Tea and Low Humor" are on sale now. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, and 3 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25 at North Carolina Wesleyan College, 139 Walnut St. In addition to the performance, guests will be served finger foods, tea and wine between acts.

There will be valet parking at each performance, with the service provided by the North Carolina Wesleyan Student Government Assoc.

Individuals may purchase tickets, but tables of eight are also available.

For more information, call the Arts Council at 736-3300.