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Donk’s Renovated, new season starts Saturday

After a longer than usual year-end break, Donk’s Theater in Mathews, Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry, will open its doors for the 2009 season on Saturday, March 7. The show will be an Opry all-star presentation featuring the regular Opry staff and the new talent search winner for 2008, Maria Robins. 

Donk’s Theater, the building that houses the Li’l Ole Opry, was purchased last year by a Donk’s patron who is committed to giving the Donk’s entertainment family a better facility in which to present its talents.  During the holidays, efforts to upgrade the building have included new electrical wiring, heat and air conditioning, new sound equipment, repair of the roof and ceiling, repair of the marquee, new paint here and there—and there’s more to come! Many of these improvements are not readily visible upon entering the building. 

“The generous new owner, the contractor, and Donk’s partners and performers alike have all participated in this effort, but each patron of Donk’s will be extremely grateful to the new owner, although that person prefers not to be named, not to be officially recognized, and to stay in the background, although he or she seldom misses a Donk’s performance,” said a Donk’s spokesperson. 

The opening show this Saturday promises to be a celebration of Opry talent and will showcase 2008 Talent Search winner Maria Robins of West Point. Robins entered the Donk’s Talent Search in 2008 at the urging of her husband. Before that, she did not sing publicly. “She is excited at this opportunity and has a story to tell about how her performing at Donk’s has already changed her life,” said Betsy Ripley, a partner at Donk’s. 

Donk’s offers a family atmosphere. Children of all ages are welcome and the popcorn is freshly popped. Admission is $12 for adults; $2 for children. Show time is 8 p.m. Doors open to the public at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information, call 725-7760.

posted 03.04.2009

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