The Christmas Express which ran for five weeks at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club this past November/December was Cow Patti's most successful show to date. Embarking on a show with such a large cast was a huge undertaking for us but what a pay off. We have had hundreds if not thousands of amazing and gracious comments on how The Christmas Express blew it out of the park! Not only did we break records in patrons coming to Cow Patti but the percentage of new people at Cow Patti rose by 29%! We entertained over 70 Christmas Parties, had sell our crowds with our Senior Wednesday Brunch Matinee's and saw over 400 young people at our school matinees. We also introduced a more affordable evening with our Wing Wednesday and this season with our Coffee and Cannoli Thursdays.
Cow Patti and The Lacombe Golf and Country Club raised over $23,000.00 for our 6 Benefits during The Christmas Express: The Sawyer Kiist Passion for Life Bursary, Medicine River Wild Life Center, Kasota East Camp, Caroline Seniors, Clive Resource Center and Friends of the Library and The Lending Cupboard. It gives us great pleasure to use the tool of Professional theatre to enhance our communities. Of course, we host these Benefits to raise money but more importantly, to raise awareness and conversations to help build on a stronger foundation for the future success of these very worthy causes.
Our first benefit performance of our 21st Season, was put in place by family and friends of Sawyer Kiist. Sawyer was a young man that was part of Cow Patti for numerous seasons most notably when he played Peter in our production of Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii. Together, we have created the Sawyer Kiist Passion for Life Bursary and have raised a substantial amount of monies to start it up. Now it' s time to make people aware. Annually we will be distributing a bursary valued at $1000.00 which will be a huge influence for their passion. Whether it is post secondary education, extra curricular activities or support in bringing whatever their passion might be to life we would love to include all in consideration. We invite young people to send in their submission whether it be a letter, a power point presentation or a short video to Sawyers family in request of assistance. We ask in their submission that they tell us a bit about themselves, their passion and why they are persevering it. With the Sawyer Kiist Passion for Life Bursary we are determined to keep Sawyer's memory alive and along with the Kiist family we look forward to being a part of some young peoples lives and watch their journey's continue in a positive and bright path. The deadline for submission for this season will be March 1 2018 and on our closing show of Here on the Flight Path, Sunday March 11 2018, we will be presenting this years recipient. Please forward your submissions to email@example.com or Box 217 Clive, AB T0C-0Y0
Next up, opening February 14, 2018 is Here on the Flight Path by Canadian Playwright Norm Foster. A poignant comedy play that tells the story of novelist John Cummings who lives on the edge or Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Over the course of 31/2 years 3 different women move in next door: a sophisticate consultant- Fay, Alberta Born Wannabe Country Singer- Angel and Vancouver born sad and single driving instructor- Gwen. Though the novel John sets out to pen never gets started, over the course of the three and a half years along with the diverse and humorous relationships with these 3 women, John learns a lot about life, love, women and himself. And it all comes to life through the genius comic lenses that playwright Norm Foster is brilliantly famous for. Norm Foster's trademark is to create characters that resonate with the audience. In "Here on the Flight Path", people will recognize themselves or other people they know, and that takes it beyond just funny to insightful. It's an intelligent comedy. Norm Foster's one-liners pull out all the stops, his characters are both funny and genuinely human, the pace is rapier quick and the laughter never ceases. And this play uses a device that makes it stand out: Foster breaks through the virtual wall that exists between the actors and the audience by having John Cummings talk directly to the audience from time to time, taking them into his confidence. This adds a whole other dimension to the comedic aspects of the play - think of the sofa scenes in the classic film "When Harry Met Sally" and more recently, on TV in the hilarious series, "Modern Family". Warmly empathetic, incisively observed, and wickedly funny. Norm Foster is unquestionably one of Canada's national treasures. "A two-hour laugh fest! A must see for anyone who enjoys a good long laugh." -Port Dover Maple Leaf " The roar of laughter was enough to drown out a jumbo jet." -Saskatoon Star Phoenix "Foster has delivered an entertaining evening of theatre simply by reviving the lost art of conversation." - Mississauga News "A true master at sending up our follies and foibles, Norm Foster also casts a kindly eye on the goodness in people. His perceptive insights into the undeniable gap between the genders resonates, even as the laughs abound." -- OrilliaPacket.com
Here on the Flight will be performed by two Cow Patti favorites, Brian Young last seen in the Christmas Express playing the lead Leo Tannenbaum and Debra Hale last seen in The Ladies Foursome. The show will be directed by Cow Patti's AnnaMarie Lea and will run for 4 weeks February / March 2018. So whether it be a Valentines date during our opening weekend which will include a chance to win a trip to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with our annual Stage Kiss Competition or to join us during one of our 6 Benefit Performances in support of their causes or just a good excuse to get out of the house for an afternoon or evening for some good food and a good laugh. Cow Patti along with The Lacombe Golf and Country Club have the perfect fit.
For more information or to reserve your tickets to Here On The Flight Path contact us at 403.304.6329 or visit the web page.
Favorite Theatre/Film/TV Moment: I was working with the Saint John Theatre Company doing Jekyll and Hyde and on the first day we moved from the rehearsal hall to do a dress rehearsal in the beautiful Imperial Theatre I was beyond excited. I was so excited, that in my first scene, when I ran onstage playing a little girl, I ran a little too far downstage, in fact I ran right offstage, luckily the pit was closed and I ended up in a cushy seat in the front row of the theatre.
Favorite Play: Same Time Next Year by Bernard Slade and Frozen by Bryony Lavery
Favorite Film: Dead Poet's Society and The Little Mermaid- I so badly wanted to be a mermaid for the entirety of my childhood!
Famous Person I’ve Worked With: When I was 17 I met the one and only Robin Williams in Winnipeg while singing with my girls choir. We were staying at the Fort Gary hotel and he was staying there too.
Favorite Thing About Alberta: When I was in grade 8 I went to Alberta to visit my uncle and we went to the West Edmonton Mall. I was blown away by everything about it and that is where I saw Dolphins for the first time. Dolphins are my very favourite animal and I will never forget the moment the Dolphin splashed me-one of the happiest moments of my life.
Favorite Christmas Song: I'll be home for Christmas