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Thursday, 25 April 2013 09:12

Pincher Creek's Windy Hollow Players take the stage May 10-12

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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For more than 30 years, the Pincher Creek Windy Hollow Players have been giving Cowley and area a reason to dress up.

The group does one dinner theatre play a year at the Cowley Hall and this year’s is a British comedy called Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow.  The Cowley Hall has been home to the performances for years, because it has a stage and a kitchen for the group to use.
“It holds enough people that we can do a dinner theatre for 125 people in the hall,” says Susan Vogelaar, the director for the group.
The group does a Friday and Saturday night dinner theatre and as of last year, now does a Sunday afternoon matinee. This year’s play is written by Chris Petz and has the entire group laughing during rehearsals.
Vogelaar says they rarely go through a rehearsal without cracking up and having to take a break before continuing. It’s just that funny and entertaining.
There are eight actors in this year’s play, the director, two sound people working on the sound system, probably two or three people working on stage set-up and the people behind the scenes.
Vogelaar says the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village has been supportive with lending props for the plays, such as  old telephones and couches.
“They support us really well,” says Vogelaar about the museum.
Generally, the group has to fundraise for costs associated with putting on a play, such as renting a sound system, renting the hall and paying for the food. However, this year the group was fortunate in receiving numerous grants to help cover some of those costs.
Vogelaar says the group tries to use the money they receive from the tickets to get them started for the following year.
“The dinner theatre has been so popular, that we’ve decided to stay with that format,” says Vogelaar.
She taught literature for numerous years at the Lethbridge College and has always been interested in drama and acting as well as directing. Vogelaar has been with the group for four years now and loves being part of the plays each year.
“It’s just been a real pleasure doing this. I just thoroughly enjoy it and we have an excellent troop that we work with. They’ve got a sense of humour; they’re hard working; they’re dedicated. It’s just a really positive group to be part of,” says Vogelaar.
The hope Vogelaar has about hosting these plays, is to give locals a night out in their community where they can dress up and enjoy themselves.
“(Our goal is) to bring the arts to our local community people.”
This play is a comedy and, because of the fact the group has a hard time keeping it together when practising, makes Vogelaar excited for the actual play to take place. She knows people will be roaring with laughter and hope everyone comes out.
There are a few lessons to be learned as well, says Vogelaar, but adds it’s just a wonderful evening out.
There’s people who attend plays from Lethbridge, Claresholm, Crowsnest Pass and Waterton Park.
Vogelaar says they never have to worry about advertising for their tickets, because they are sold out quickly.
“The play, the drama night has now become the night to got out and dress nicely and take part in an arts production and it’s really one of the things that people enjoy and yet it’s also so important,” says Vogelaar.
There is a cocktail hour prior to dinner. Then dinner is served and as soon as everyone is finished eating, the show begins. There’s a break between the scenes where people have their dessert and then they finish with the play.
The play will be held May 10 and 11 at 6 p.m and May 12 in the afternoon. The tickets are $40 per person for the dinner theatre and $25 each for the Sunday afternoon matinée. Tickets can be purchased at Blackburn Jewellers in Pincher Creek and the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village. This year, there are two high school students in the play. The group is always looking for actors. Anyone interested can contact Vogelaar at

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