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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Repertory Theatre named runner-up best theatre

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  • The ballots have been counted, and the readers of Rural Missouri magazine have once again selected their favorites in the publication's annual Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice Contest.
    Maples Repertory Theatre, North Missouri's Professional Theatre, was named runner-up for Best Theatre. This is the second year in a row that Maples Rep has held this honor. Housed in the 125-year-old, 316-seat Royal Theatre in downtown Macon, this theater is beloved not only by audiences but also by actors and technicians who return year after year. Most productions feature multiple returning actors whose performances are eagerly anticipated. This summer, take in "Forever Plaid," "The Boys Next Door" and "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
    "We are very excited to be recognized for the second year in a row," said Becky Belt. "We had individuals coming in last year saying they had heard about us from Rural Missouri."
    For the 13th consecutive year, the publication's readers were asked to name their favorite eateries, destinations and activities across the Show-Me State. A winner, runner-up and editor's choice were named in each of 20 categories.
    Those who completed ballots were entered for a chance to win a $500 Best of Missouri gift basket. This year's winner was Cara Bowman, a Missouri Rural Electric Cooperative member from Hannibal. The basket included Missouri-made foods, locally crafted pottery, a gift certificate to a Missouri bed-and-breakfast of Bowman's choice along with Rural Missouri merchandise.
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