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Ellsworth Correctional Facility inmates show talent for theater

Courtesy Photo Larry Temple, a veteran of amateur theater in the area as well as local farmer and educator, works with the staff and “Ransom of Red Chief” staff at Ellsworth Correctional Facility this past weekend.

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More than 130 people, mostly residents of the Ellsworth area, packed an auditorium recently for a dinner-theater performance of the comedy “The Ransom of Red Chief” this past weekend. But they weren’t there to see some performance of a traveling drama troupe. Nor were they on hand to support members of the town in a community theater.
They were there to witness a performance by inmates of the Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF), men who in the past had been convicted of crimes serious enough to merit lengthy prison sentences.
“There aren’t a lot of prisons that open the ...

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