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CHURCH HOSTS LUNCHEON TO BENEFIT REFUGEE CRISIS

Christ United Methodist Church of 410 Holden Road is raising money and awareness for the Syrian refugee crisis by hosting a luncheon on January 30. The event, titled Soup for Syria, is open to the public and will serve soups, sides and traditional Middle Eastern desserts. In addition to food, the luncheon will provide entertainment from local musical groups, including the Children’s Tapestry Choir of First Lutheran Church in Greensboro.

Admission for the luncheon is $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Attendees may register for the event online by January 25 through a link on the Soup for Syria Greensboro Facebook page, or pay admission at the door on January 30. Participants may also order extra quarts of soup in advance to take home the day of the event, though any unclaimed quarts will be sold at the event. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Church World Services, to help with the cost of resettling Syrian refugee families to the Guilford county community.

Soup for Syria Greensboro is a community-based manifestation of a newly popular recipe book with the same name. The book was written by Barbara Abdeni Massad, a world renowned chef who was moved to help victims of the refugee crisis after witnessing the struggles of Syrians living in Jordanian refugee camps. Massad asked more than 80 chefs to contribute their favorite soup recipes for the book, and the publisher, Interlink Publishing Group, dedicates the proceeds to organizations involved in helping refugees.

The idea for the luncheon was started by local community members Mona Flynn and Leslie Millsaps, who came across the book while researching ways to help Syrian refugees. Their hope is to create a starting point for outreach projects that benefit community members locally and globally. For more information about the event, visit facebook.com/SoupforSyriaGreensboro or contact Mona Flynn and Leslie Millsaps at soupforsyriagreensboro@gmail.com

GREENSBORO COLLEGE ADDS PERFORMANCES OF “TWO ROOMS”

Because of this past weekend’s wintry weather, Greensboro College Theatre has extended its production of the politicalhostage drama “Two Rooms,” adding performances on Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30.

The Friday performance will be at 7:30 p.m. and the Saturday performance will be at 2 p.m. in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building on campus.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-GC students. To reserve tickets, call 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, or email tickets@greensboro.edu.

The play, written by Lee Blessing and directed by Dan Seaman, instructor of theatre, focuses on an American teacher, Michael, who is held hostage in a dark room after being captured in Beirut, Lebanon. His wife, Lainie, holds a vigil for him in an empty room in their house outside Washington, D.C. Michael dictates unsent letters to his wife from his cell.

Lainie vies with Walker, a journalist intent on telling her story, and Ellen, a State Department official who wants to keep her quiet. When Lainie learns that Walker has written a story about her without her permission, she must come to terms with her grief in a more public setting and reconcile herself with the story’s impact.

As events in the Middle East spin out of everyone’s control, the characters try to do their best to manage the situation to bring Michael back to the United States, but they all have their own interests at stake.

Greensboro College’s Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration.

The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or backstage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting.

For more information on the program, contact department chair David Schram at 336-272-7102, ext. 5243, or email schramd@greensboro.edu. !

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