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Theatre group marks anniversary of Ukraine invasion with show

First Metis Man of Odesa will be performed at Five Points Theatre in Barrie with seven-show run from Feb. 22 until March 2
The Five Points Theatre in downtown Barrie.

It’s been nearly two years since Russian troops invaded Ukraine and two local groups are doing what they can to continue to keep a spotlight on the war.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Punctuate! Theatre Production is hosting a special tribute performance of First Metis Man of Odesa — written by Matthew MacKenzie and Mariya Khomutova — at the Five Points Theatre in downtown Barrie.  

Described as a captivating real-life love story, First Metis Man of Odesa has played to rave reviews across the country, and is based on actual events.

Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the curtain is set to go up on its seven-show run on Thursday, Feb. 22 and will run until March 2.

The Feb. 24 performance, which is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., is to commemorate the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a war which has seen thousands of civilians killed since troops invaded the Eastern European country on Feb. 24, 2022.

There are a limited number of tickets available, and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling 705-792-1949.

Prior to the performance, a rally will also take place at Barrie City Hall, located downtown at 70 Collier St., beginning at 4 p.m. The Ukrainian National Federation of Canada's Barrie and Simcoe County Branch are inviting residents to join them to "stand with Ukraine" and mark the second anniversary of that country’s invasion.