Popular demand keeps 'Marilyn' onstage for five more performances

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Marilyn will linger a little longer in Walla Walla.

The one-woman show "Marilyn: Forever Blonde!" has been held over for five additional performances at the Power House Theatre, operators announced.

Performances will continue as scheduled this weekend. After that, shows will continue daily Nov. 2-6.

The decision to expand the show was due to popular demand, theater officials said.

Walla Walla audiences have given rave reviews to actress Sunny Thompson and her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Thompson's two-hour performance is the story of the blonde bombshell's life in her own words and music. Writer/Producer Greg Thompson created the script that is performed by his actress/singer wife in a story intended to humanize Monroe and give her a chance to tell her story, theater officials said. The performance at Walla Walla's new theater, converted from the community's early 20th century power house at Sixth Avenue and Rose Street, is directed by Stephanie Shine.

For tickets and extended performance dates, visit www.phtww.com or call 509-742-0739. Tickets are also available for purchase at the box office, which is open 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and two hours prior to show time.

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Family physician and tai chi master Paul Lam, known around the world for his health programs, will visit Walla Walla this weekend for a training workshop.

Lam will come to the community from Australia, and will be the guest of honor Friday at an afternoon tea, open to all those who would like to meet him. The event takes place 2-3:30 p.m. at Many Waters Wellness Center, 820 Sprague Ave.

Lam will also lead a workshop, "Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis," which has been developed by the Arthritis Foundation as safe and effective for its practitioners. The workshop is full.

Sandi Wicher, a senior instructor for Lam and owner of Many Waters, scheduled the visit more than a year ago. She said the trip is a rare opportunity to bring the workshop to students and instructors on the West Coast.

For more information on tai chi for health programs, contact Wicher at 509-386-4305.

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The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is recruiting business people to serve on its board of directors.

The Chamber Nominating Committee is seeking professional and business members interested in serving a three-year term on a board that promotes commerce, community spirit, agriculture and the community's quality of life.

Board members must be associated with a Chamber member business or have an individual membership. The deadline to reply is Nov. 4.

For more information call Susan Dohrmann at 541-938-3331 or Cheryl York at 541-938-5563.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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