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Mary’s Wedding brings true love to Rosebud

 The constant battle between love and war have been at the core of many entertaining stories throughout history.  This fall, the Rosebud Opera House comes come alive with a story that’s certain to quicken your heartbeat on both fronts.
    Award winning Canadian play, Mary’s Wedding, by Stephen Massicotte vividly captures the heartache and pathos of a World War I love story. Mary’s Wedding opened Friday September 11 and runs until October 23.
    Despite its historical context, Mary’s Wedding is very much a modern story for today. Whether it is the excitement of finding our first love or the heartache of leaving home or seeing someone we love leave us, Mary’s Wedding strikes a deeply personal chord, and that is what makes it such a modern masterpiece.
    As Artistic Director, Morris Ertman describes, “I am in love with this play! It takes a sad story of two people having to leave each other and masterfully weaves the story of their spirits together in a way that is so universal - so true to what true love looks like in any guise. We feel like we know Mary (Heather Pattengale) and Charlie (Karle Sine), and we know Flowers, a Cavalry officer based on an actual World War I soldier.”
    “Massicotte understands the human heart. He understands the emotional rollercoaster that is the tension between love and impossible events in impossible times. The play is visceral and immediate. Massicotte takes you into the heart of a young man caught in a WWI trench when he should be on a horse.”
    “He captures the spirited life of the girl Charlie is head-over-heels about, but can’t quite reach. He understands the heartache of unresolved words spoken between people. But most of all he understands, and shows vividly, the unfettered craziness of those first days when we think we may really be in love. This play is exciting, and that should be no surprise. Take two people who have discovered they love each other in that crazy head-over-heels way and pull them apart by a world war: now that’s an age-old plot that gets a stunning treatment in this play and on our Rosebud stage.”
    Mary’s Wedding is a heart wrenching story about the excitement of finding something, losing it and having the courage to move on. Even with an ocean between them, Mary and Charlie inhabit each other’s dreams. They seem to be everywhere and everyone to each other. Set against the backdrop of the Canadian Cavalry in WWI, this moving and magical play lives at the threshold between fact and fantasy, where nothing is exactly as it seems, memory slips easily into romance, and love and loss intermingle forever... a love story for the ages that will leave your heart aching and your imagination racing.
    Mary’s Wedding plays September 11 - October 24 at the Rosebud Theatre Opera House, Wednesdays thru Saturdays. Book your tickets at 1-800-267-7553 or visit for more information.

Derby rolls out another year


The roar of engines and smell of exhaust greeted spectators walking into Dinosaur Downs to watch the 26th annual Demolition Derby on Saturday, September 5.
    The lively crowd watched the destruction of vehicles, cheering as metal crushed metal in the fight to be the last car running. No fear is the motto for this exhibition of will as drivers battle their vehicles to the bitter end.
    With bumpers hanging and deflated tires, they continue to crash into one another for the ultimate glory of bragging rights and a first place cash prize of $1,600.
    The addition of two new events brings this competition to a total of 39 experienced competitors making this year a fierce fight.
    Driver Jesse Sieppert said this was his third year for the car he entered. He admits it’s the adrenaline rush that gives him the drive to maintain the vicious cycle of fix and destroy.

    While watching the second heat of the eight cylinder competition, James Martin was pinned against a retaining wall at the mercy of his opponents. He was repeatedly rammed but he made a great recovery and retaliated with a vengeance that put him in the top three, qualifying him for the final event. James chuckled about his sticky situation saying he thought his goose was cooked, but obviously, his strategy to take out the biggest car gave him the cutting edge to win the heat.
    The all girl heat had four competitors this year. The lady's motto for the match was “We’re all out here to have fun!” as they took to the pit for the Powder Puff event. With engines revving they start the heat with a vengeance, jam packed with action the ladies fearlessly bash one another cars to pieces. Frustrated, Eliza Groenveld sits this one out because her car wouldn’t shift in to gear.
    Christie takes a powerful blow high centering her on a retaining block. As her engine leaks out the remaining radiator fluid she gives her engine one last disastrous rev, popping a belt twenty feet in the air, she finally admits defeat. With death comes glory as Terra Lawrence wins the title in the Powder Puff event.
    In the end, the battered shells of once ferocious vehicles are being towed or dragged out of the ring. The crowds disperse and the real work begins as decisions are made concerning the fates of the demolition cars; start the repairs needed for next year’s derby or retire their hopes and dreams to the junkyard and start over?

Nomination day set for Golden Hills board seats


There are two seats up for grabs on the Golden Hills School Division board. Notice has been given that, nomination day is September 21 for the seats in Ward 5 (Wheatland West) and Ward #7 (Wheatland East).

Kerry Hebbs vacated her seat in Ward #5 in October of last year, and Trent Sundgaard vacated the seat in Ward #7 in June of this year citing personal reasons and disagreement with the board’s capital plan priorities.
    Board Chair Ron Kenworthy hopes there will be some good candidates step forward for the positions.
    “We would expect to have candidates in these elections,” he said.
    He said the role of a trustee takes a commitment of time and often the board has to deal with controversial issues.
    “Most people connect with the schools locally, and the school board seems distant,” said Kenworthy.
    He says the position has its rewards.
    “You have the ability to help with the education of all the children, rather than just concentrating on one school,” said Kenworthy. “There are very important decisions to be made at the board level.”
    “You can go beyond your own area and influence things more provincially.”
     Potential candidates can contact Kenworthy at 403-823-8802 or vice chair Joyce Bazant at 403-934-3860 if they wish to learn more or have further questions.
    Information packages as well as nomination forms can be accessed at
    Nomination papers can be submitted to the Golden Hills School Division office on Monday, September 21 between 10 a.m. and noon. The returning officer is Tahra Sabir, who can be contacted at 403-934-5121, ext. 2024.


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