By Chris Roberts - Lacombe Globe
Originally posted Nov 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM - Click Here for Full Story
Longevity in theatre is far from guaranteed, but beginning Nov. 10 Cow Patti theatre company will return with its 20th season of shows in Central Alberta.
Performing primarily at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, the season will kick off with the comedy thriller The Butler Did It and in February the company will perform Wally’s Cafe. From November to March, more than 50 performances will be put on by Cow Patti, from senior’s brunches to benefit dinners, kicking off with one for Fort McMurray on Nov. 10.
“We’re not the artsy fartsy stuffy theatre. This is a place where I want people to feel like they belong and have ownership of in a certain regard,” said AnnaMarie Lea, artistic producing director for Cow Patti. “And I think that we’ve really accomplished that over the last 20 years and that’s something that makes me very proud.”
The Fort McMurray season-opening show is just one of 16 benefit shows scheduled this season. Lea reached out to numerous municipalities in Alberta, offering to put on benefits, and one of the first ones to come to mind was Fort McMurray.
There will be a silent auction and 50/50 during the evening, while $10 of every ticket will be donated to Fort McMurray families.
“I think it’s a really special way to kick off our 20th season,” she said.
And though the professional comedy dinner theatre company has performed throughout Alberta, it is very much a part of Central Alberta. Its first show 20 years ago was performed just outside of Clive, while countless shows have since been performed at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, where Cow Patti now calls home.
Lea brought the theatre company to Cornwall, Ont. for a decade while her husband, a pilot, was transferred there, but returned to the area six years ago and with her returned Cow Patti.
Like her, the cast for the upcoming shows will be professional actors who will arrive in Lacombe from other parts of the country just two weeks prior to the first production.
“And that’s very much part of being a Canadian actor – you have to move around,” Lea said.