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23 Miles South stages online theater experience

School, music and government meetings have migrated online to comply with the state mandated restrictions in the fight against COVID-19, and this week community theater will do the same.

Community theater company 23 Miles South, based at St. Paul Community Church in Homewood, will offer virtual performances on Wednesday, April 15.

Dawn Peloso, founder of 23 Miles South, said the event is the company’s effort to give back to the community during a difficult time.

“Everyone is doing what they can to lift people’s spirits during the stay-at-home order, and the best way we can do that is to provide some entertainment to everyone who is staying home,” she said. 

It will also give the company’s actors an opportunity to keep sharp.

“Two of our regular performances had to be postponed, so it is giving our actors a chance to perform,” Peloso said. The company is planning to do another virtual performance later in the month, which will have a Shakespeare’s birthday theme. She said actors from other theaters will be invited to join the fun.

The April 15 event will be free. Audience members should visit 23MilesSouth.com starting at 7 p.m. and click on a link to join a Zoom video meeting session. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

A recording of the performances will be available on the website after the live performance.

Rich Pniewski is virtually directing the performances. 

The performances will be family friendly and will feature actors of all ages performing their favorite monologues.  


  • Aggie Butvilas: “Breaking Up.”
  • Bob Colton: “Doolittle, Pygmalion.”
  • Kevin Denny: “John Proctor, The Crucible.”
  • Cathi Diamond: “Amanda, The Glass Menagerie.”
  • Jack Gannon: “Stage Manager, Our Town.”
  • Peggy Gannon: “The Tin Woman.”
  • Kaylee Grage: “Super Sitter.”
  • Michael Kocher: “Gloucester, Henry VI.”
  • Eric Lauryn: “The Birds and the Bees.”
  • Nevaeh Laws: To be determined.
  • Jennifer Mahoney: “Forever on Hold,” When Mel Fell for Nell
  • Maddy Schneidewind: “Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz.”
  • Suzanne Noonan: “Crazy Glue.”
  • Amy Pniewski: “Emily, Our Town.”
  • Rich Pniewski: “Lofgren, Harvey.”
  • Isabeau Pogue: “Fun Home.”
  • Josephine Pogue: “Margaret Fuller Slack, Spoon River Anthology.”

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