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Front from left, Lesland Glover, Savannah Paros, Vincent Williams, Kennedy Williams, Sydney Newell, Sarah Ward, Pujan Patel; Back, Bishop Gregory Hartmayer.

Special photo Front from left, Lesland Glover, Savannah Paros, Vincent Williams, Kennedy Williams, Sydney Newell, Sarah Ward, Pujan Patel; Back, Bishop Gregory Hartmayer.

Lee High musical a homegrown play

LEESBURG — Local talents will merge tonight and this weekend in the Lee County Palladium Players’ production of a new stage musical written by a hometown playwright with music from a local composer.

“Monkey Business” will debut tonight and continue through Sundat at Lee County High School’s Robert A. Clay Auditorium. The family-oriented, Southern-style musical was written by Leesburg resident R. Lewis McGhee. The music was composed and arranged by Lee County High School’s Choral Music Director Kevin Blaise.

“Monkey Business” tells the tale of two young Georgia boys — Loyd and Boyd of Ty Ty — who go on a big-city adventure in New York City in the 1930s. A cast of 40 local actors — children and adults — will take audiences on this spirited romp.

“Monkey Business” opens at 8 p.m. today. Before the opening performance, patrons can enjoy a pre-show reception for an additional $5. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and patrons should make reservations by calling (229) 903-2297 or writing theatrelchs@lee.k12.ga.us.

Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with the final performance a matinee scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for Monkey Business are $7, adults; $5, students and children.

New Bishop brings message to children

ALBANY — St. Teresa’s Catholic School had a vist from the Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, the new from the Diocese of Savannah, in November. Students participated in a song titled, “I’ve Got a Mission.”

The bishop spoke to the children about his mission of bringing the message of Jesus Christ to all people. Hartmayer is a Franciscan friar, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Before entering the priesthood, he was a Boy Scout and the king of his high school homecoming in 1968. His background as a teacher, a principal and a pastor have prepared him well for this new challenge.