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September 29, 2020

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 16 UCW SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 6, 2020 His Outreach Worldwide Ministry will host a BBQ Fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 3, to sup- port the construction of a school building in Tamu, Myanmar. The barbecue will be held at the ministry's "log cabin," located at 2770 Breezewood Ave., from 1-5 p.m., for takeout or a picnic on the grounds. The food will be priced at $10 per plate. "We are praying we will have a huge turn out, we need at least $5,000 for the school, and it has to be finished by January," said Lynne O'Quinn, president of H.O.W. "We are really needing this funding now and needing it quickly." The barbecue will benefit over 100 chil- dren in the Tamu area attending His Outreach Worldwide School, the only government-licensed English-teaching school in the area. The event will offer great food by Hopkins Barbeque and great music on the patio by Currie Wayne Clayton Jr., O'Quinn said. The ministry is excited to have the accom- plished musician Currie Wayne, who has played with the rock band Molly Hatchet in the past and has won many musical championships. O'Quinn said she believes the fundraiser will be a great event that will be outdoors, and a lot of people are looking forward to it, especially since the pandemic. "We'd love for people to come that day, purcha- se tickets, enjoy the entertainment and just have a great day," she said. H.O.W., a Christian ministry, was founded in 2008 in Fayetteville by O'Quinn and supports several activities around the world, including providing funds, food, clothes and more. The faith-based organization is founded on prayer and God's word. "In a nutshell, God woke me up one morning and wrote a book through me sharing Jesus to children around the world," O'Quinn said. "That one little book is what founded this worldwide ministry." The barbecue is one of its many fundraising events, including an annual 5K, which was can- celled this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. "We are praying for a great sunny, fall day and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs to comply with social distancing and have a picnic on the grounds," O'Quinn said. "Bring your own chair, grab a plate of barbe- cue, sit here and have great entertainment and fellowship," she added. For more information about H.O.W. or the BBQ, visit http://hisoutreachworldwide.org/ Local actors are returning to the stage to deliver the fun and creative per- formances we've been missing since the pandemic closed curtains and thea- ter doors in March. This month, the Gilbert Theater brings "Barefoot in the Park" to stage Oct. 2-18 with limited seating and social distancing in effect. There will only be 25 seats sold per perfor- mance, in order to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines for public gatherings. "'Barefoot in the Park' is a classic Neil Simon come- dy," said Larry Carlisle, the show's director and the Artistic Director for the Gilbert. "It's about two new- ly weds who move into a tiny apartment in New York City and deal with being newly weds, weird neighbors and mothers." Simon, who died in 2018, was a play wright, screen- writer and author. In his lifetime, he received more combined Oscar and Tony award nominations than any other writer. Widely considered to be a Broadway icon, Simon wrote more than 30 plays, including "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Biloxi Blues" and "The Odd Couple." Simon won the Pulitzer Prize for "Lost in Yonkers." The "Barefoot in the Park" cast includes Tanisha Johnson and Gage Long as newly weds Corie and Paul; Deannah Robinson as Corie's mother; Gabe Terry as neighbor Mr. Velasco; and James Merkle as the telephone repairman. Carlisle will also have a small role as a deliveryman. Despite performing to a quarter of the theater's capacity, Carlisle and the cast agree that producing the show is worth the effort. "Everyone's gotten stir crazy," Terry said about closures due to the pande- mic. "The show's a lot of fun to do." Providing live entertainment is something the performers enjoy, no matter the crowd size, Carlisle said. With COVID-19 restrictions, the cast and crew have been able to explore some interesting ways to adapt their performances. "I'm just excited to get back to stage," Robinson said. "Granted, it will be limi- ted capacity." Safety precautions in place will include masks for theater attendants, hand sani- tizer stations, no-contact concessions, temperature checks upon entry and cleaning between performances. "For all the performances we're asking all patrons to wear a mask and practice social distancing," Carlisle said. Preparing for the masked performances has been a fun challenge for the cast. "It is interesting because there's so much (in the story) that involves intimacy," Terry said. Robinson added, "We're working around it, having fun with it, even with the mask." The team at the Gilbert is optimistic that the audience will attend and enjoy the show, if only for a short respite from the daily headlines. "It's two hours to take your mind off your troub- le, don't worry about everything going on outside," Carlisle said. "It's a light breezy sitcom-esque comedy." Johnson added, "Come out and laugh, have a good time." Recognizing that some patrons might not be comfortable even with all those precautions, Carlisle said there will be two performances where the actors will also wear masks. Those shows are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Gilbert Theater is located at 116 Green St. in downtown Fayetteville. There are several discounts available including student, military and first responder. Contact the box office for more info on the show or to purchase tickets at boxoffice@gilberttheater.com. EVENTS Gilbert Theater brings Neil Simon classic to stage Oct. 2 by APRIL OLSEN His Outreach Worldwide Ministry hosts a BBQ Fundraiser by KEYURI PERAB KEYURI PERAB, Editorial Assistant. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. APRIL OLSEN, Editor. COM- MENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. His Outreach Worldwide Ministr y President Lynne O'Quinn entertains children at a H.O.W. project at a day camp in Brno, Czech Republic. October 2 - 18, 2020 Print & Sign Shop Westwood & Fort Bragg P R E S E N T S This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. Limited Sea´┐Żng Available, Mask Required, and Social Distancing In Effect The Gilbert Theater Hopes to be in Phase III to present: 910/678-7186 GilbertTheater.com

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