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By Heather Sutherland, Barry's Bay This Week

Louetta Reimer, left, Starr McAlpine, Katie Stanley and Matilda MacMillan play the gypsies in the Madawaska Valley Homeschooling Group’s production, The Mystery of the Shrinking Lake.  The play is a fundraiser for the group and runs in Combermere June 27.

Louetta Reimer, left, Starr McAlpine, Katie Stanley and Matilda MacMillan play the gypsies in the Madawaska Valley Homeschooling Group’s production, The Mystery of the Shrinking Lake. The play is a fundraiser for the group and runs in Combermere June 27.

The Madawaska Valley Homeschooling Group is finding a fun way to fundraise for group field trips by presenting its second play, coming up June 27.

Twenty-two students aged 3-14 are part of the play, titled The Mystery of the Shrinking Lake, written by Rick Reimer, and directed by Tammy Reimer and Charlotte Dextraze.

Last year was the first time the group put on a play, Tammy explains, and the funds helped the group go on a museum trip.

This year she says they aren’t completely sure what they will use the money for, but it will probably be another group trip.

“It’s good to do something as a big group,” she says.

The play is about the people of Belmar who come together to try and solve the problem of receding shorelines and unwanted toxins in the local fishing hole.

Tammy says new this year is more involvement from the students.

Last year, she says they acted only, but this year they are helping with the preparations as well such as making props.

“So they’re involved from the beginning to end,” she says.

Angus Kelly plays the paperboy and says he thinks people should come see the play because “it’s sort of funny.”

He adds he likes being in the play because it’s fun.

“It’s nice to be in the play because I get to visit friends [and] being in a play is neat,” he says.

The Mystery of the Shrinking Lake starts at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Combermere Community Centre. Admission is by donation.

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