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December 11, 2013

Sunday marks grand finale of 175th

'Birth of a City' to hit McHale Auditorium stage

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“I didn’t just want them to know about the founding of the city. I wanted them to know how it felt,” Williams said.

Another key player in the event is Kevin Burkett. Burkett, the Logansport native now living in Pennsylvania, created the programs, their logo and a keepsake newspaper that guests will receive. Because Burkett has been helping out from 750 miles away, he said it has been overwhelming to be in Logansport and see how many people are involved in the show.

“Even though everyone involved has their own jobs, they have made sure to carve time to do something they think is important for people to remember the city,” Burkett said. “It will be a learning experience for younger people and a lot of reminiscing for those who are older and may remember some things.”

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at McHale Performing Arts Center, 1 Berry Lane, Logansport.

Admission for “Birth of a City” is $5, an amount that would have been three times as much had it not been for a contribution approved by those who oversee the city’s finances.

Ralph Anderson, a member of the Civic Players of Logansport, spoke before Logansport City Council at its December meeting.

“The Civic Players cannot afford this show at $5 a ticket,” he told council members. “We want this show to be affordable for everyone.”

Anderson said with the way the production’s finances currently stood, organizers would end up having to charge $15 a person. To keep ticket prices down, he asked council members to approve a contribution of $2,000.

The council members proceeded to deliberate, some more vocally than others. Councilman Bob Bishop asked how he could justify asking all taxpayers to help foot the bill for those who will attend the show.

Anderson said spread over the city’s population, it would only end up costing each citizen about 10 cents each. This small amount along with the positive experience the play promises should put taxpayers at ease, he said.

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