Organ Donation at the Chillicothe Players Show Center

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. (WMBD) – Chillicothe Players Theater is partnering with Gift of Hope, a non-profit organization providing organ and tissue donation services.

In rehearsal since January, the production of The Tin Woman will be presented at Shore Acres Park from March 3 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Revolving around a young woman who undergoes a heart transplant, the main character, Joy, isn’t sure she deserves a second chance at life.

“You think it’s the beginning of a story for the recipient of the heart. Their lives have only just begun,” said Denise Beattie, President of Chillicothe Players and Director of Tin Woman.

Based on a true story, the play uses humor and emotion to strike a chord with you.

“There wasn’t a single rehearsal where I didn’t cry or laugh. Every time,” Beattie said.

For some people, like organ recipient Rod McDonald, this piece hits home because he had a life-saving transplant, just like Joy.

“Five years ago, when my donor Tristen Scott Scholly passed away, if the gift of hope hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be here today,” said McDonald, Ambassador of Hope for the gift of hope.

With the Chillicothe Players in partnership with Gift of Hope, the goal is to educate more people about organ donation.

“I think it’s so important that we at Gift of Hope seek out these opportunities to raise awareness and educate,” said Lisa Dodson, Community Outreach Specialist for Gift of Hope.

But this story is not just a play. It is a story that has the ability to touch many lives.

“Someone out there has been through something like this in their life or knows someone; a neighbour, a friend, a family member,” said Chillicothe Players vice-president Helen Englebrecht. “It’s something anyone can relate to and experience in their lifetime.”

There will be organ donor families and Gift of Hope organ recipients at the performance site to speak with the audience after each performance.

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