Rio Theatre to celebrate 25th anniversary of Canadian TV series Degrassi with original cast members

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      Now that the Rio Theatre has almost been saved, it's time to move on to more important and burning issues—like celebrating the quarter-centennial of a Canadian teen TV franchise!

      Before Degrassi: The Next Generation and Degrassi: Next Class and Drake, there was The Kids of Degrassi Street (which began in 1979), which became Degrassi Junior High and then Degrassi High.

      But the franchise went beyond the usual teen content such as crushes, dates, and catastrophic skin problems by taking a frank, no-holds-barred approach in tackling adolescent issues, including drug usage, pregnancy, abortion, racism, homosexuality, suicide, and more.

      To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Degrassi TV series, the Rio Theatre will be holding a screening of the ultimate 1992 finale "School's Out!" (which then later gave way to a series revival).

      To add to the monumental occasion, original cast members Stacie Mistsyn (who portrayed Caitlin Ryan) and Pat Mastroianni (who played Joey Jeremiah) will grace the theatre with their presence.

      The screening will be held at 8 p.m. on September 7, followed by a Q&A session.

      A limited-number of VIP tickets for a 6 p.m. meet-and-greet with Mistsyn and Mastroianni.

      Full details are available at the Rio Theatre website or the event's Facebook webpage

      School's Out TV trailer from 1992.

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