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Excited ticket-buyers ready for ‘Office’ celebration

Not long after tickets went on sale Tuesday for the upcoming convention of “The Office,” excited messages from purported fans were posted online.

“We’re in! Woo-hoo!,” said one apparently thrilled ticket holder who shared his excitement on www.theofficeconvention.com, the convention committee’s Web site, where tickets are being sold.

Then there was the one who refused to let his own job get in the way of heading to “The Office.”

“I’m illegally doing this at work … Geez!!!,” said that person, who would be right at home at Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper supply company that’s based in Scranton. The workers there play video games, doodle and daydream, anything to get through their humdrum workdays.

The city is pulling out all the stops for its Oct. 26-28 celebration. In addition to the tens of thousands of fans expected to storm Scranton, the following cast members from the Emmy Award-winning comedy will also join the festivities, according to the planning committee. They are Phyllis Smith, who plays Phyllis; Mindy Kaling (Kelly), Kate Flannery (Meridith), Oscar Nunez (Oscar), Creed Bratton (Creed), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) and Leslie David Baker (Stanley).

Some ticket holders wanted their cyberspace buddies to know that they paid top dollar for the $250 “Corporate” pass, which entitles them to see all the cast members who attend.

Although some of the bigger names on the show, including Steve Carell, who plays Dunder Mifflin’s goofball regional manager Michael Scott, and Rainn Wilson, his overzealous assistant, Dwight Schrute, aren’t confirmed as attending, that doesn’t mean, for sure, that they won’t be here. There are more stars “to be announced,” said Sara Hailstone, the executive director of Scranton’s economic and community development office. She also said earlier that some of the show’s writers may be on hand for question-and-answer opportunities.

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