Kitscoty theatre brings community together

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April 2, 2015 8:15 AM

Photo Courtesy Julie Evans Cast member Dwayne Cooper and producer Brian Hunter prepare the set for the Kitscoty Community Hall's annual dinner theatre fundraiser show.

The Kitscoty Community Hall is holding its 13th annual Community Dinner Theatre production on April 10,11,17 and 18. Proceeds from the performances will go towards

The Hall will be transformed into the Dead Moose Lodge for this year’s play, “She was only Marginally Modest,” by American playwright Vern Harden.

“It takes place in the Rocky Mountains in 1883, and it includes of course a villain and a damsel in distress and a love-starved moose,” said cast member and organizer Julie Evans. “It’s very corny, very silly and lots of fun.”

The production is home-grown from top to bottom, from the cooks to the costume and set designers and the cast and crew. The actors are all amateurs, but many of them have taken part in other community plays in the past. The show is a fundraiser for the Hall an the services it provides.

“It’s very much a community gathering place that helps us feel connected to one another and gives us a place to meet and to laugh and to cry,” Evans said. “Our hall is very important to us keeping our community together.”

Over 100 volunteers are involved with putting on the dinner theatre every year.The cast of the play in composed entirely of volunteers who donate their time to support the Hall. Evans says accountants, farmers and grandmothers will be on stage. The oldest cast member is 83 years old.

“It’s neat for people to come out and see people in the performance that they wouldn’t have thought would be there,” she said. “You see then around the community and then you go and see the silly side of them.”

This is Evans’ 10th performance. She plays the proprietor of the Dead Moose Lodge, while her husband plays the villain.

“That gives us plenty of fodder for discussion around the dinner table at home,” Evans said.

Every year the hall looks for theatrical productions that will appeal to all ages and suit the cast they have. They are mostly silly, over-the-top comedies, like last year’s show, about a real estate agent who accidentally buys a horse.

Overall, Evans says the annual event is a chance for Kitscoty residents to meet and work on a collaborative project that benefits everyone.

“The important thing for us is that it’s bringing the community together and we have a ton of fun and the people that come out always really enjoy themselves,” she said. “We have our little slogan: ‘Good laughs, great food, local flavour, join in.’ So (there) is very much a local flavour to the food and to the acting and to everybody involved at all levels.”

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Mason Agencies in Kitscoty or by calling 780-846-2075. Group tables are also available.

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