The annual general meeting for Crocus 80 Theatre will be held at the Tommy Douglas Centre on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.
“This past year has been a busy one for Crocus 80 Theatre,” said Connie Nightingale, president of Crocus 80 Theatre. “When we first reformed, we had no props, no flats, and ancient lighting for producing our first production.”
That production was “Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa”, and had over 350 people for the dinner theatres and near 200 for the dessert matinees. The play was staged at the at the Weyburn Royal Canadian Legion.
“That first production was hosted just two months after we formed. I can honestly say there were moments where I wondered what did we get ourselves into,” said Nightingale. “But as the days and months passed, our dedicated volunteers and supporters grew — and as a result, we had a very successful first year.”
Earlier this year, Crocus 80 Theatre worked with the Weyburn Agricultural Society to produce “Kitchen Witches”, another dinner theatre performance.
According to Nightingale, the annual general meeting will be a milestone for Crocus 80 Theatre and its members. “It marks our first of many successful years, and I am excited to present to the public all that we have achieved and all that we hope to bring forth to the community in the following years.”
Different projects for Crocus 80 Theatre will be discussed at the annual general meeting. “We are currently working on staging two one-act productions, one of which we are taking to competition with Theatre Saskatchewan’s One Act competition in Kerrobert,” said Nightingale.
In addition to producing dinner theatres again this November, Crocus 80 Theatre will also start work on their project for the City of Weyburn’s centennial in 2013. They will be producing “Circle the Crop”, written by Edward Willett.
“The play is a full-length science fiction comedy — that reflects on some of Willett’s past experiences here in Weyburn as the editor of the Weyburn Review,” said Nightingale. “This production will be a large a cast, and I hope to see many new faces come out and help Crocus 80 put on a memorable play during the centennial year for Weyburn.”
Since Crocus 80 Theatre was reformed, Nightingale’s goals as president were met in the first year.
“I wanted to form a solid foundation in which community theatre can flourish, give back to the community that supports us and create a judgement-free atmosphere in which individuals can express themselves through the performing arts and all that it entails.”
“Those goals were not only met, but surpassed. We were able to create a team of dedicated volunteers, who selflessly donated their time to bring quality theatre to the community of Weyburn,” said Nightingale. “I am proud of the fact that we have offered theatre experience and training to those who are pursuing theatrics as a career; and to be a part of something that could essentially heighten the quality of life for individuals.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Crocus 80 Theatre, or becoming a member, can attend the annual general meeting. Residents can also find Crocus 80 Theatre on Facebook.