The Moose Jaw Community Players and the Rotary Club of Moose Jaw will be pairing up again this year for a fundraiser at the Mae Wilson Theatre March 28.
“In the past, we’ve done a dinner theatre with the Community Players. This time, we’ve chosen to do a wine and cheese tasting with the play,” said Darren Sinclair, president of the Rotary Club. “The proceeds from it will go toward some local and international projects.”
The list of recipients is lengthy, but among it are local organizations including the Five Hills Health Region, Hunger in Moose Jaw and the Moose Jaw Transition House.
According to Sinclair, this is the first time the event has been held at the Mae Wilson Theatre — in no small part because of it’s growth in popularity year over year.
“We haven’t held the event at the Mae Wilson before,” he said. “We’ve been quite successful in the past and we look forward to that continuing ... it has been growing, and because of the growth we decided to move it over there.”
On top of the fundraising aspect of the show, it will also be an opportunity for the Community Players to fine-tune their production, according to spokesperson Verna Alonzo.
“It will be an opportunity for us to put on our show and perfect it, because we’re taking this show to the provincial festival, which we do every year,” she said. “We’re defending our title from last year, because we got Best Play last year.”
The play this year, Roses in November, is a comedy by Canadian playwright Neville J. Bryant.
Alonzo said she’s looking forward to the performance — especially since it will be held in the Mae Wilson Theatre, which she called “a beautiful theatre.”
“We’ve had our festival in there before, a few years ago. It’s an absolutely gorgeous facility, so I can’t wait to (perform there) again,” she said. “It’s a perfect set-up for theatre.”
Alonzo said she’s looking forward to giving back to the Moose Jaw community.
“They support us throughout the different things we do, so this is a great opportunity,” she said. “And I guess it helps us out, too, because it gives us a chance to practice.”