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Local play ‘The Ladybug Inn’ opens Sept. 30 at Richmond Community Theatre

"The Ladybug Inn," written by local playwright Katie Collins, opens Sept. 30 at Richmond Community Theatre. Photo by Dayona Johnson

ROCKINGHAM — Scotland County native Katie Collins has been writing plays since she was a young child.

She described during her interview that she would organize and try to play all the roles of her plays.

Collins recently received her Masters in Theatre from Binghamton University in New York. She previously obtained an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre from UNC-Chapel Hill.

She decided to come back to her home of Richmond County to utilize her creative expertise at the Richmond Community Theatre.

Theatre Director Merrie Dawkins has more than 40 years of theatre experience. She continues to encourage and promote community engagement for the theatre. Dawkins said the theatre is for everyone and would love more participation and volunteers from the community.


“The Ladybug Inn” is a unique play, profound in what it teaches about growing up even when you don’t realize it. Auditions have already been held.

Here is a brief description of “The Ladybug Inn”:

“Are we ever really grown? This is the question facing Billie as she takes over her grandmother’s inn. With only two guests in the entire inn, six months worth of bathrobes on back order, and a leaky roof, suddenly Hurricane Florence hits and Billie and her guests must brave both the storm outside and the storms inside.”

The play, which runs just under two hours, opens Sept. 30, with addtional shows Oct. 1-2 and 6-9. Evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees will show at 3 p.m.

NOTE: This story was updated to correct Collins’ home county. 2:01 p.m. 8-29-22

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