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COLUMBIANA — New stars will rekindle the limelight at the Main Street Theater beginning Tuesday at 6 p.m. The title of the first show will be announced during the information meeting.

Squeaky Wheel Theater Company co-founders Erich Offenburg and Kathy Keaggy have announced an all-inclusive theater troupe.

Squeaky Wheel Theater Company invites anyone ages 5 and up to come play, design, or engineer.

The troupe practices diversity and inclusion by embracing the community as a whole and creating a place for all. There are no restrictions on socio-economic status, gender or sexual orientation.

Both Keaggy and Offenburg have worked with a multitude of people, including those in need of mobility assistance, social skills development, and emotional and behavioral difficulties.

“The Squeaky Wheel teaches advocacy for everyone,” said Offenburg. “We find ways to help people succeed on stage, one person at a time.”

Offenburg likens the experience with the theater troupe to an IEP, emphasizing creating the least restrictive environment (LRE) for participants.

“The foundation of it is to be a safe place for everyone to be themselves,” said Keaggy.

Keaggy believes that differences make the world stronger.

“You can have a very cohesive group of people. Where we are all the same. But it’s not as rich as when you encourage everyone to be part of the group,” she pointed out.

After seeing that the need for social interaction among community members went unmet during the pandemic, Keaggy and Offenburg felt compelled to fill the void.

“They miss each other so much” said Keaggy. “There is power in being with peers.”

The theater company plans to fundraise in the future pending approval for 501c3 status.

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