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Opal's Million Dollar Duck opens Friday

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Opal Kronkie is the easy-going, gullible, somewhat naive main character in a number of plays written by John Patrick. She owns and lives in a junk and antique shop located near the city dump. Heidi Stonebraker will portray her.

The Virgin Islands Daily News described this play as part of a series in which, "The irrepressible Opal Kronkie once again triumphs hilariously over the forces of evil-while remaining blissfully ignorant of what her antagonists are up to."

This is the second time Opal Kronkie has visited Raymond. Actress Norma Briney portrayed her in 1985 in the play Everybody Loves Opal, which was received with great success by local audiences.

In the current production while searching for costumes for their next production, Desmond and Queenie, the "stars" of the local summer-stock company, drop by "Opal's Antique Junque Shop." While rooting through Opal's treasures they spot a nondescript oil painting — a still life of a dead mallard duck and an apple — and recalling an item in the morning newspaper about an old master who has disappeared from the local art museum, suddenly realize that this may be the missing canvas, for which the insurance company is offering a sizable reward. Summoning up all their acting skills, they try to charm Opal into selling the painting for a pittance, but she explains that she plans to give it to her friend, Rosie, as a birthday present, whereupon the plot thickens hilariously. Desmond and Queenie resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knockout drops trying to get their hands on the picture.

Raymond native and veteran actress Tena Boggs portrays Rosie, Opal's best friend, with Jenny Allan and Curt Harris as Queenie and Desmond. Scott Cowell and Danni Massin direct the show. Sindy Theopholis is the stage manager.

Additional evening performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 16, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, all at 7:30 p.m. Two matinees are planned, Sunday, March 17, and Sunday, March 24, both at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at South Bend Pharmacy, Everyone's Video and More in Raymond, and at the door one half-hour before the performance.

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