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Hill-Murray grads aid theater project

“Don’t Shoot the Masseuse,” an original comedy by the brother-and-sister team of Marino and Elizabeth Eccher, is headed to a St. Paul stage — funded in part by the duo’s fellow Hill-Murray High School alumni.

A Kickstarter fundraising campaign hit its $3,300 goal in less than a week, with about $2,455 coming from the Hill-Murray community, a news release said.

Marino Eccher, a 2004 graduate who now is a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, said in the release that he thought it might take a month to raise the money, but he was happy to be wrong by 24 days.

Although the goal was met, the campaign will continue until April 3. According to the Kickstarter page, renting and insuring the venue cost about $2,500, leaving a need for additional funding for costumes, props, a set and marketing.

Performances are scheduled for June 14-16 and June 21-22 at the Historic Mounds Theatre, 1029 Hudson Road.

A free preview for seniors will be held on June 13.

Anthony Lonetree

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