Theatre performance supports museum

Dickson Museum hosted Turn Up Your Hearing Aid! Nov. 23 and 24 to fundraise

Dickson Store Museum hosted a theatre production of Turn Up Your Hearing Aid! Nov. 23 and 24, a light hearted comedy about a group of seniors living in a lodge who go to great lengths to get one of the residents a new hearing aid.

“Theatre performances are one of the museum’s major fundraisers and we are happy to report that once again it was a huge success,” wrote museum manager Sharon Lightbown.

The group of seniors in the play put on an auction to raise money for the much needed hearing aid. Many of the audience members thought the auction was actually happening, bid on items and were willing to pay for them.

”Had we known, we could have held a real auction and raised more money for our struggling little museum that could always use financial support,” wrote Lightbown.

Fall is a busy time for the museum as they host three events within a couple of months.

The theatre performances are the museum’s major fundraising initiative. They start off fundraising in the fall with a supper, followed by the Julestue (Scandinavian Bazaar) and finish off the season with dinner and dessert theatres.

“The community of Dickson is so fortunate to have many talented people that are willing to share their time, skills and talents to help with these events,” wrote Lightbown.

This year the production Turn Up Your Hearing Aid! had a cast of 15 and a crew consisting of a director, stage manager, and light and sound technicians. The performances included sing songs with the residents and the audience.

The practices for the play began in mid September and were held twice a week at the King of Kings Church in Dickson.

Lightbown was deeply grateful for the community support for the theatre and dinner events. “The museum cannot thank [the church] enough for the use of this space. A big thank you to the cast for being so dedicated to make these performances the success they were,” she wrote.

Kathleen Raines, the kitchen supervisor made a roast beef dinner for the dinner theatre performance that Lightbown said was to “die for.”

“The beef literally melted in your mouth and came with all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, salad, an assortment of breads and desserts,” Lightbown wrote.

For the dessert and theatre performance, Raines brought in a wide variety of homemade desserts.

“Everyone spoke very highly of the meal and the performances,” said Lightbown.

The museum receives financial support from the federal government for student wages, a staffing grant from Alberta Museums Association, and funding from the Capital Assistance Grant with Red Deer County to help do the repairs to the building. Other support comes from donors, members and volunteers.

“The museum is already busy planning the 2018 season and we wish each and every one a Happy Holiday season,” wrote Lightbown.

“We look forward to seeing you when the museum opens in mid- May.”

Those still interested in donating to the museum can call Sharon at (403) 728-3355.



myra.nicks@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Ponoka’s Chevi Rabbit recognized for human rights advocacy

She was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential human rights advocates

Council holds last meeting of the year

Council discussed wages, arena upgrades and crime prevention in their Dec. 11 meeting

UPDATE: Motorist dies near Ponoka after loose tire collides with vehicle

Ponoka RCMP seek assistance in locating vehicle belonging to the tire

Toque Toss brings in warm clothing for communities

Bantam AA Tigers asked attendees at their Dec. 10 game to toss hats, mitts, socks and more on the ice

Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

What were Canadians were curious about: Google searches suggest 2017 a tough year

Democrat wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

Democrat Doug Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset against Roy Moore

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

2017 word of the year: Feminism

Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’

200 Russians to compete in Olympics as neutrals

The Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in South Korea

Researchers claim the ‘man flu’ does exist

Review of scientific studies suggests ‘man flu’ may be more intense: researcher

Trudeau appoints Supreme Court chief justice

Prime Minister Trudeau appoints Richard Wagner as Supreme Court chief justice

WestJet Christmas video turns children’s wishes into reality

This year’s annual video took a new spin on the 12 days of Christmas

Most Read