"Theatre Group Marks Anniversary of Ukraine Invasion with Barrie Show"–Barrie Today

It’s been nearly two years since Russian troops invaded Ukraine and two local groups are doing what they can to continue to keep a spotlight on the war.

This article ran in Barrie Today on February 7, 2024:

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Punctuate! Theatre Production is hosting a special tribute performance of First Metis Man of Odesa — written by Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova — at the Five Points Theatre in downtown Barrie.  

Described as a captivating real-life love story, First Metis Man of Odesa has played to rave reviews across the country, and is based on actual events.

Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the curtain is set to go up on its seven-show run on Thursday, Feb. 22 and will run until March 2.

The Feb. 24 performance, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., is to commemorate the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a war which has seen thousands of civilians killed since troops invaded the Eastern European country on Feb. 24, 2022.

There are a limited number of tickets available, and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 705-792-1949

Prior to the performance, a rally will also take place at Barrie City Hall, located downtown at 70 Collier St., beginning at 4 p.m. The Ukrainian National Federation of Canada's Barrie and Simcoe County Branch are inviting residents to join them to "stand with Ukraine" and mark the second anniversary of that country’s invasion.

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