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Galax Theatre Guild takes final bow

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As the curtain falls on the Galax Theatre Guild’s first 40-year act, a new one is about to begin as the Arts Council of the Twin Counties prepares to stage future productions

By Shaina Stockton

The Galax Theatre Guild celebrated 40 years of making memories on stage with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Galax Golf Course country club on April 24.

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Following a dinner, the guild presented a musical revue featuring some of its finest performers over the years.

Guild members Mike and Stephannie Dees took to the podium, and gave a nod to each play that the guild has presented to the public over the past four decades. The look back was interspersed with performance snippets such as “Tomorrow” from “Annie,” sung by Mimi Pemberton; “Hello Dolly,” performed by Chris Saunders; and “Natural Woman” from “Beehive,” tag-teamed by Tabitha Allen and Denise McMillian.

The Galax Theatre Guild announced earlier this year that it will disband, and be absorbed by the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. Included in the presentation was a special nod to Carol Waddell, the founder of the guild.

The guild also held a reception for the public, at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, after a performance of its final play, “Some Enchanted Evening.” Waddell was honored with a 40th anniversary cake and the play cast mingled with guests.

As any true thespian would expect, the group held one final performance in the dining area before the festivities ended on April 24, and guests lent their voice as they thanked each other for all of the memories through song.

The metaphorical curtain fell, marking the end of one era for the guild, and the beginning of another.