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Letter to the Editor: Hagen Groom

The Full Monty, produced by 'Cause Productions for charity

Dear Editor,

It has come to my attention that a misprint in the Mountain Times has caused confusion and a general stir in the community. I would like to clear this up. It pertains to the Open Auditions of The Full Monty production that were listed as being organized by Rutland Youth Theatre. This is, of course, incorrect as the show is of mature content. I am the director for the Rutland Youth Theatre and I also produce fundraising productions under 'Cause Productions, an organization dedicated to combining business and the arts to benefit all.

Among the 'Cause Productions shows was the very successful Vagina Monologues in partnership with the Paramount Theatre that raised money and awareness to stop violence against women and girls. We raised over $10,000 to benefit the Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter with that production alone thanks to incredible community support. This year I am asking the community to support The Full Monty that will raise money for the same organization. The show is a great timely story about unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, NY who come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun as they face their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties (over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay).

The show is for mature audiences and may not be for everyone. The important thing is that this production is not in any way associated with the Rutland Youth Theatre.

Saskia Hagen Groom, Rutland, Vt.