Our 21st season of Professional Comedy Dinner Theatre was an enormous success, we saw many new faces and many familiar ones that have been a part of Cow Patti for many years. We entertained folks from all over Alberta with shows that delivered many giggles, nostalgic moments and delectable buffets. Our senior brunches were a huge success with groups travelling to Cow Patti from all over Alberta, notably, we had groups come all the way from Carsland and Athabasca!! Our Annual Stage Kiss Competition during our Valentine Weekend was hilarious, and this year our grand prize winners Deb and Brian Inions, won a romantic stay at Fairmont Hot Springs!
We held 12 Benefit Performances for some very deserving groups and raised an astounding amount of money but more importantly much awareness was gained. With our production of The Christmas Express we raised over $23,000.00 and with our production of Here on the Flight Path we raised $13,510.00, which brought our grand total for our 2017/18 Season to over $36,000.00!! During our first show of the season, our opening night was a Benefit for Sawyer Kiist, Sawyer was a young man who played the role of Peter in our production of Nurse Jane Goes to Hawaii, sadly he passed away last March. Cow Patti along with the Kiist family decided to have a benefit show in his memory to start up the Sawyer Kiist Passion for Life Bursary. During the following months we had over 50 young people apply for Sawyers Bursary and in the end the Kiist Family picked 3 young individuals to receive the gift which we presented to them on our closing show of the season Sunday, March 11. The recipients were: Alex Adamson of Red Deer AB, Acacia Sproule of Lacombe AB and Josiah Thompson of Ponoka AB. All three recipients had diverse passions and as Rudy, [Sawyers Dad} so eloquently put it on presentation “you all remind us a little of our Sawyer”.
Cow Patti and the Lacombe Golf and Country Club take a lot of pride in producing top notch entertainment for our patrons and each season we are left feeling challenged to up our game and provide our patrons with new flavors and exciting stories. We have a few new ideas in store for next season which we will be announcing in July. Until then we are back to the drawing board to create a new season that will intrigue, educate and enhance the lives of everyone involved with Cow Patti, whether it be the artists performing, the benefits we acknowledge, the job opportunities for local folks but most importantly carrying on with the traditions and mandate we started 21 years ago: Entertaining folks with professional comedy theatre that has a lot of heart and using that tool to enhance our community through good food and laughter!
We look forward to seeing you all in November of 2018
Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually making him, by far, the most produced playwright in the history of his country. Norm Foster does not limit his efforts to writing though. He also appears on stage as an actor several times each year. "Acting is great fun, but writing is my first love. A lot of people out there like the 'idea' of being a writer. The romance of it. The notion that we all sit around in cafes and talk about our writing with other writers. Personally, I would rather do it than talk about it. The actual process of writing is what excites me. Creating a world from the ground up and populating it with characters I've pulled out of my head. "In 2017 Norm Foster received the Order of Canada. “It's pretty special to be recognized by my country in this way," said Foster. "I don't take this lightly, at all. This is the crowning achievement of my career.
FUN FACT: Norm's Birthday falls on February 14 which also happens to be opening day or Cow Patti's performance of Here On The Flight Path.