KST begins season by hosting chamber mingler
Kimberley Summer Theatre hosted the latest Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce Business Cards and Beverages mingler May 16 at the Chateau Kimberley.
Long-time Summer Theatre volunteer extraordinaire Shirley Ross addressed about 30 chamber members and asked the community to “step up to the plate and help us out.”
Volunteers are always needed and welcome, she said, adding the current group is “getting on,” though she coyly admitted, “We are all 39!”
Relating the amount of volunteer time spent by members of the group trying to raise funds for the professional theatre each summer, Ross noted that 30,000 meat pies have been made and sold in the last 10 years at the United Church.
Ross also introduced this summer’s shows producer Tony James, freshly arrived from Victoria.
This July and August Kimberley Summer Theatre and James are producing two shows: $elf Help, running July 9 to 27 at Centre 64, and an ambitious take on the Wizard of Oz, running August 3-14 at McKim Theatre.
Cranbrook’s Tanya Laing Gahr will place her experienced directorial hands on $elf Help, meaning theatregoers can expect hilarity from the Norm Foster show.
And Truus Verkley will be helming L. Frank Baum’s and Harold Arlen’s and EY Harburg’s classic Wizard of Oz. Christina Kim will be handling musical direction. Both shows will feature Kirsten Taylor’s scenic designs and Rusty Gahr’s FX wizardry.