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Cuts for Cancer smashes goal


chop-shop.jpg    In its sixth year, Cuts For Cancer hit its stride with a record-breaking result.
    The event, held on February 3 at the Chop Shop, to raise funds to help those battling cancer, was set up by Cathy Morse in memoriam of her mother who passed away fighting cancer.
    This year, it achieved its goal of raising more than $20,000 in a single day hair-cutting blitz.
    When the last hair fell, from the likes of Rod Morse and Walter Albrecht, the event raised $20,413.37, its best showing ever.     
    Cathy was elated by the results, as the pledge sheets for some of the participants whowent all out were in circulation for less than a month.
    There were 515 receipt-able donations, plus numerous others who gave out of pocket to support the cause, or just showed up for a haircut.
    More support was shown by the likes of Freson IGA and the Drumheller Co-op, which provided fuel in the form of fruit, drinks and sandwiches to keep the scissors blazing.
    The money raised by the event will be going to a fund of the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation. This fund is for people undergoing treatment at the Community Cancer Centre. Patients can apply to access the funds for financial assistance or for medical expenses. Chair of the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, Dr. Boris Nahornick, was presented with the funds at the Chop Shop on Thursday, March 4
    “100 per cent of the funds stay in Drumheller,” said Cathy.
    Although the seventh annual event is almost a year away, brainstorming on who should be on the block for next year has begun.

We Won’t Pay! fills Rosebud Theatre with non-stop laughs



Remember when comedian Lucille Ball in I Love Lucy started work at the chocolate factory with Ethel? Soon, they were doing wacky things to keep up with the assembly line.
    Every move they made escalated into even more outrageous consequences. This spring, Rosebud Theatre renews this laugh-a-minute scenario with We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! playing from March 12 to May 15.
     Director, Karl Sine, describes the show as “a wild and zany story about normal people finding themselves in extraordinary situations. The neighbourhood has erupted into a domestic revolution that feels like The Honeymooners meets I Love Lucy.
    Two crazy women and their hapless husbands are doing everything in their power to eek out a meagre existence, and if that means they have to break a few rules along the way to make ends meet, then so be it! Desperate times call for desperate measures. And after navigating through all the laughs and absurd situations, in the end, the play is really about love, friendship, family and loyalty, something we can all relate to and understand.”
    The comedy of classic television shows such as The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy had audiences doubled over with laughter. Simple antics and comments intensified tenacious situations to the extreme and created unimaginable outcomes. The humour in We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! will do the same for Rosebud Theatre audiences.
    When a neighbourhood of women revolt against the rising price of groceries at the local supermarket, two couples get swept up in the whirlwind revolution of the day. With each move, the couples get pulled deeper and deeper into a powerful vortex of utter chaos and absurdity.

Kaleidoscope Theatre presents “Like Bees to Honey”


like-bees.jpg Kaleidoscope Theatre is presenting a powerful play giving a different perspective on addictions, for four nights starting on Wednesday, March 17 at the Navy League building.
    “Like Bees to Honey”, a play written by Andrea M. Green,  is directed by Becky Neuman with Bill Pratt as stage manager.  Pratt is new to Drumheller and comes with extensive stage managing experience from Canmore. 
    The play tells the stories of five women from varied backgrounds and the effect drugs and/or alcohol addictions has had on their lives, giving great insight into how easy it is to get caught up in the downward spiral of drugs and alcohol.
     Kate, played by Cassandra Knight, is from a hard-partying Irish family and her drinking and pill usage affects her  career as a nurse.
    Rita, played by Jess Davison, moved from her home in Costa Rica to America at 17 and has worked hard work to transform her life until her addictions send her down an unfortunate path.
    Sara, played by Geraldine Holden, is an art professor, affected by her mother’s drinking and whose own drinking affected her marriage.
    Jesse, played by Carol Todor, is a successful attorney who started drinking at the age of 13 and is in an alcoholic marriage.
    Keisha, played by Courtney Morse, seeks help with her drinking and drugs addiction after her drinking led her to batter one of her children.
    Set at a self-help group meeting, the characters share their journey during their recovery and give an insight into unique issues women face when dealing with addictions.
    Most of the women are well into the process of recovery,  Rita however is defiant and her recovery is in question.
    Other cast members include a teen girl heading down the spiral, played by Jenn Eskeland, and two supporting actors, Deanne Zariski and Kelly Bertsch, who play a variety of roles in order to tell the stories.
     Cora Bolt, addiction counsellor for Alberta Health Services, told The Mail “Any addict will relate to some of the stories and some of the struggles but the process for women, we feel, is really unique. Some of the challenges they face are unique such as, fear of losing their children and fear of judgement. The first step is reaching out for support.  Once they do that, a lot of them realize they are not alone.”
    This character play provides the cast with rich acting opportunities as most of the stories comes through the words.    
    About some of the challenges faced by the cast, Becky Neuman said “Getting these girls, who haven’t experienced alcoholism themselves, to get into that character and to live with that addiction is a big challenge,” explaining it can be difficult to find people who have gone through addictions to talk about it.
    Drumheller offers a variety of support for people suffering from addictions, Cora explains, “It’s a matter of deciding what you need, what support you are looking for and who can offer this,” and suggests the Alberta Health Services website is a good place to start to see what is available in the valley.
    This play is recommended for everyone to learn more about addictions and to understand the struggles women face dealing with those.
    Due to the mature subject matter, it is not appropriate for children under 13.
    The show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets will be available at the door from 7 p.m. on March 17.


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