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Morris Theater Guild to host fall meeting

Morris Theatre Guild Board members Judy Miller, Sue Burich, and Annie Kowalczyk plan for the Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at MTG.
Morris Theatre Guild Board members Judy Miller, Sue Burich, and Annie Kowalczyk plan for the Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at MTG.

Friends and supporters of Morris Theatre Guild are encouraged to attend the annual General Meeting of the Morris Theatre Guild at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Morris Theatre Guild, 516 W. Illinois Ave., in Morris.

There will be an opportunity at the meeting to join MTG and enjoy the benefits of membership. Individual memberships are $20, student memberships are $10 and family memberships are $35. Membership includes a free beverage or treat at each show, and the opportunity to purchase individual tickets for shows for 10% off, as well as insurance coverage for volunteers working at MTG to help with shows.

Anyone wishing to join can go to the Morris Theatre Guild Facebook page for the link to join or simply mail a check to MTG.

At the General Meeting, members will learn about the upcoming 2019-20 season, and other shows and activities planned for this year.

Elections also will be held for available positions on the board of directors. Membership is required to vote in the elections. Season tickets will be available for purchase. A four-show season ticket covers the full season for $45 or patrons can choose the three-show option for $34.

Rehearsals already are underway for the first show of the 2019-20 season, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” by Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Neary, directed by Matt Johnson and produced through Samuel French.

The story is based on the familiar Poe short story and fans will recognize those elements, but Neary goes deeper into the story and characters. It involves James Brookfield, an up-and-coming writer of potboilers from New York City, who is invited to the Boston home of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher. His host suggests he “chronicle the evolution” of the House of Usher. What begins for Brookfield as a pleasant distraction from the busy hubhub of New York’s literary circles turns into a maelstrom of horror when he slowly discovers Usher’s secret intent and realizes that the life of Usher’s sister, Madeline, as well as Brookfield’s own life, are in terrible danger.

Show dates are Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. Individual tickets are $15 presale or $20 at the door and can be purchased at morristheatreguild.org.

For reservation information, house buy-outs or other information, call the theater at 815-942-1966.

The Morris Theatre Guild Inc. is a nonprofit community theater.

For information, visit morristheatreguild.org and the Morris Theatre Guild Facebook page.

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