Cow Patti Theatre’s artistic director AnnaMarie Lea (Black Press News Services.)

Lacombe’s professional theatre reaches more people, raises more charitable dollars

More than $40,000 was raised for local non-profits during the 2018-19 season

Cow Patti’s 23rd successful season of professional theatre roped in more audience members and raised more than $40,000 for local charities.

Productions of The Odd Couple and Halfway There included several benefit shows and attracted many new patrons to the Lacombe dinner theatre.

Artistic director AnnaMarie Lea said Cow Patti’s audience grew by 1,500 patrons this past season. Nearly 8,000 people came to see the two comedies, and the audiences included a 38 per cent increase in new people from across the province.

Benefit performances for both plays raised a total of $40,460 for charities, including Rocky Seniors, the St. Luke’s Church restoration, GrammaLink Africa and the Kasota Easy Camp.

Lea looks forward to the 24th season, which will begin with Rumours by Neil Simon starting Nov. 7. The season will continue through March 2020, with The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauley Fishing Derby, by Norm Foster.

Lea said an extra week of performances was added for the Rumours run to accommodate extra demand around the Christmas season.

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