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MSU presents 'The Amish Project'

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The Department of Theatre at Murray State University will present "The Amish Project" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Studio Theatre, Room 310B in Wilson Hall.

The show is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. The show is presented in readers' theater style.

On Oct. 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, a Pennsylvania Amish community's one-room schoolhouse.  Gunman Charles Roberts took several young students hostage and shot 10 girls, ages 6 through 13, killing five of them before killing himself in the schoolhouse. The West Nickel Mines School was torn down, and a new one-room schoolhouse, the New Hope School, was built at another location.

On the day of the shooting, a grandfather of one of the slain girls was heard warning young relatives not to hate the killer, saying, "We must not think evil of this man."  The emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation in the response of the Amish community was widely discussed in the national media.

Tickets and reservations are available through www.murraystatetickets.com or by calling 270-809-4421.  Ticket prices start at $8.

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