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Communty Theatre Joins Drive to End Hunger

Nearly 9 million older Americans, including nearly 6 percent of South Dakotans age 65 and older are at risk of hunger, or are forced to skip meals, or buy poor quality food. To address this critical need, AARP South Dakota and the Sioux Empire Community Theater are joining together on Drive to End Hunger – a multi-year, nationwide effort of AARP Foundation and AARP to raise awareness and funds about the problem of senior hunger in your community.

Through the Sioux Empire Community Theater’s current production of “Driving Miss Daisy”, theater-goers are encouraged to join Drive to End Hunger by donating non-perishable food items. All donations will support Feeding South Dakota to meet local needs.

Collection bins will be available at the theater box office beginning February 6 through the final performance on March 4. Performance dates for “Driving Miss Daisy” are February 17-19, 24-26, and March 2-4. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, Sunday performances are at 2 pm at the historic Orpheum Theater in Downtown Sioux Falls located at 315. N. Phillips Ave.

In addition to the collaboration with the Sioux Empire Community Theater during “Driving Miss Daisy,” AARP South Dakota will be holding a number of Drive to End Hunger events in communities across South Dakota throughout 2012 to increase awareness about hunger among the elderly and support local efforts to fight senior hunger. For more information on Drive to End Hunger including other ways to donate, visit Drive to End Hunger online.

About SECT & “Driving Miss Daisy”

The Sioux Empire Community Theatre is a non-profit organization created to provide quality, affordable community theatre accessible to all residents of the Sioux Empire and provide hands-on learning experiences in the greater Sioux Empire community in all aspects of volunteer driven theatre performance and production.

“Driving Miss Daisy”, by Alfred Uhry, begins in the Deep South of 1948, spans 25 years following the evolving relationship between Miss Daisy Werthan, a sharp-tongued Jewish widow played by Terry Zerfas, and Hoke, the initially unemployed chauffer played by Paul Dysart, Sr., who is hired to keep her from driving recklessly. Set against the backdrop of social change, the gulf between them is gradually broken down as they grow to depend on and care for one another. For more than twenty years, this wonderful story has had audiences cheering around the world. For tickets or more information on the Sioux Empire Community Theatre call 605-360-4800 or email

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