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Flying high

To mark the close of National Women's History Month, Theatre of Youth will stage a production of Jean McCann's play "American Pioneers: The Amelia Earhart Story."

The show, which opens tonight in the Allendale Theatre (203 Allen St.), follows the life of the fearless aviatrix, whose plane disappeared in the Pacific in 1927 as she attempted to circle the globe. It chronicles the young Earhart's childhood fascination with planes to her first attempts at flying and her eventual celebrity status as a role model for women around the world. This production stars veteran Buffalo actor Christina Rausa in the title role, along with Tim Newell and Guy Balotine in other roles.

Earhart was also an important voice for women in her time, making her inclusion in National Women's History Month a natural. In a statement, TOY Artistic Director Meg Quinn, who directs the production, called Earhart's compelling story "a marvelous way to inspire children to find their passion, envision their future, and follow their dreams."

For more information on the show, which runs through April 11, call 884-4400 or visit www.theatreofyouth.org.

-- Colin Dabkowski

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