Community has stake in Medium Rare

By Geoff Lee

March 8, 2016 9:28 AM

Local talent, home-cooking and great laughs.
That’s what’s in store for those who attend the Kitscoty Community Dinner Theatre during one of four presentations of the comedy Medium Rare.
This year’s event will take place at the Kitscoty Community Hall April 8-9 and April 15-16 on Friday and Saturday nights.
Despite the name of the play, it’s not about steak, laughed actor and spokesperson, Rick Evans. “There’s just a couple of references to that in the play,” he said, while noting it’s a basic farcical comedy.
Evans didn’t want to reveal what his character is all about or the plot line for fear of spilling the beans ahead of time.
“I don’t want to spoil too much,” he said.
Evans did reveal he is one of about 15 volunteer actors in the play who have been practicing since the first week of January.
“It’s fun, that’s why we do it,” he said.
“We just do this once a year — it’s all volunteer people from the community.”
Evans estimates there are about 25 people involved in the local theatre including those helping with costumes and back stage.
Tickets are $50 per person available from Mason Agencies in Kitscoty or by emailing or calling the hall at (780) 846-2075.
The tickets include dinner and entertainment.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for each show with a home cooked meal served around 6:30 p.m. with the play starting about 8. p.m.
The proceeds from the dinner theatre support the community hall operations and hall rentals for local non-profit groups.
“It’s basically a way to keep the building going and helps keep our finances good,” said Evans, who is president of the hall board and knows about the history of the dinner theatre.
“It started out about 15 years ago to raise money when we first built the hall and we’ve continued to do it,” he said.
Evans is hoping the event will be well attended this year as it has been in past years — with his fingers crossed.
“There is always underlying economic woes right now that you wonder about but I think we will be fine,” he said. “Compared to going out for a movie and supper somewhere else it is quite reasonably priced.”
In recent years, the event scheduling has changed from running all of the shows in the same week in favour of Friday and Saturday nights over consecutive weekends.
“We found that four days in a row from Wednesday to Saturday didn’t work as well,” said Evans, who noted there’s always so much happening.

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