ANNAMARIE FRANCES LEA STARS AS IRIS IN LUNEBURG BY NORM FOSTER
AnnaMarie has worked as an actor for 35 years in the business as a producer, actor and director in all mediums across Canada. It is a true pleasure to play Iris in this new play by her favorite playwright Norm Foster! It has been an incredible “Foster” written season for Cow Patti Comedy Dinner Theatre and AnnaMarie would like to thank everyone- Casts, Crews, Season Sponsors, Billets, the Lacombe Golf and Country Club and especially our audiences for helping in “Raising the Barn” to bring live professional theatre to Central Alberta. Much love to her Tom and their children- Frances, Matilda, James and Claira. Enjoy the show!
On December 15th we took our final bow with our production of The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby by Norm Foster. It was our most attended show in our 24-year history and had the longest run - 40 Shows in 5 weeks! Again, we were astounded by the amount of new people out to Cow Patti from every corner of Alberta and was thrilled at the response we received from them. We saw over 150 Christmas Party Gatherings and our Senior Brunch Matinees tripled in audience, not to mention the continued support of our long time regular patrons, many who have been attending Cow Patti shows since 1997!
Our Benefit Performance Program, as well, was a huge success. Over 800 patrons came out to support our Benefit Shows which included Make a Move with Jagger Foundation, Kasota East Camp, Bentley Library, The Lending Cupboard, Friends of Eckville Library, The Sawyer Kiist Passion for Life Bursary and Rocky Pioneer Center. Combining, Plop Drop Revenue, Silent Auctions and money donated back off tickets – we raised over$25,000.00 for these well deserving Non- Profit Groups. It truly is an honor and a privilege to use the tool of Professional Theatre to enhance the lives of many through our Benefit Program.
Donnie is really happy to be back directing Kooshog Lake. It’s one of his favourite Norm Foster shows. He is Artistic Director of Upper Canada Playhouse where he has directed over 60 shows including this season’s Don’t Dress for Dinner & Lunenburg. After opening this show, he returns to The Playhouse to direct Ethan Claymore’s Christmas.
Name: Donnie Bowes
Born in: New Brunswick
Favorite Play: Always my last one.
Favorite Film: Mary Poppins or Fargo (depending on the day)
Favorite Famous Person Worked With: Annamarie Lea (she signs the cheques)
Favorite Thing About Alberta: lots of open country & great prime rib.
Favorite Fish Dish: poached salmon
Favorite Fishing Lure: you use medium all dressed pizza
Funny Personal Fishing Story: used wrong end of the rod
Favorite Norm Foster Line or Quote: “I’m a confirmed bachelor. Was married once. That confirmed it for me.”