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Race to the Stage costume run planned in Bangor

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BANGOR - Monsters, ghosts, clowns and more will soon be taking over the streets of Bangor as part of the first ever Penobscot Theatre's Race to the Stage. It's a 5K costume road race planned for Saturday, June 15 to help raise funds for the nearly 40-year-old theatre located on Main Street. 

"The race was the brainchild of one of our dedicated subscribers. She wanted to help raise funds to support our work and this seemed like a great way to get the theatre out into the community it serves," explained Mary Budd, Penobscot Theatre board of trustees president.

The success of the theatre, which has hosted musicals, plays and drama camps for kids for years, is based on the support of the community. Ticket sales only cover half of the facility's operating costs, so a lot of the remaining costs are covered by generous donors or through fundraisers. 

"The race will follow a tremendously successful season, throughout which our audience grew in size and loyalty. So we're celebrating that and hoping to draw more people into the fold," said Budd. "We'd love to raise a few thousand dollars, but friend-raising is an important goal as well." 

Registration for the June 15 Race to the Stage is $17 for adults 18 and older and $12 for youth. Same-day registration will also be available for an additional $3. Budd said prizes will be awarded for best race time and best costume.

"Anything goes, and the more creative the better. Remnants from Halloween's past, old bridesmaid dresses, group themes - bring it on," said Budd. "In April, I participated in a 5K in downtown Bangor that coincided with the circus, and as I was running by the auditorium I passed a clown in full regalia. That guy would fit right in at the Race to the Stage."

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