A Father's Day gift - dinner and live theatre in Cobden

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Cobden – They’re back and just as funny.

The Cobden Community Players are ready to hit the stage Father’s Day weekend at the Cobden Agricultural Hall with three performances, two of them with hot meals prepared by parishioners of two local churches.

Nana Does Vegas, a play by Katherine DiSavino, was to be performed in April 2020. But, the COVID-19 pandemic put that on hold. Player member Ted Richardson said the royalty to perform the play had already been paid, so it just made sense to stage the play this year since pandemic restrictions have been lifted.

“It’s a comedy,” he said. “It’s the sequel to Nana’s Naughty Knickers” (which was on stage in 2014).

With a cast of returning and new performers, Mr. Richardson encourages everyone to take their dad out for a Father’s Day dinner and play on Friday or Saturday, June 17 and 18, or just the play on Sunday, June 19.

This year’s performers are Crystal Leach, Therese Narbon, Scott Bell, Mr. Richardson, Lianne Oates, Rob McKenzie, Annette Gilchrist and Susan Gilchrist, with Bea Richardson as prompter, Rob Lucas on lights and sound effects and Derek Tolhurst at the sound board. Shirley Hill is emcee Friday and Saturday, while Dai Bassett will be at the mic for Sunday’s performance.

The performance is less than two hours and that includes intermission, Mr. Richardson said. Tickets are $12/adult and 12 and under $8 and are only available at the door. The evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday’s performance starts at 2 p.m.

The evening meal Friday is a roast beef dinner prepared by parishioners of Grace United Church, Cobden, while Saturday’s meal is a ham dinner prepared by parishioners of Zion United Church, Douglas. Meals are $18 and are served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There will also be 30 minutes of musical entertainment prior to each performance, starting at 6:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:15 on Sunday. Friday evening entertainment is by members of the Frank and Chanda Leahy, Rory and Siobheann Donohue and Mark and Agnes Enright families while Saturday’s entertainment is The 550 Band. Mr. Bassett is not only the emcee on Sunday but is providing the pre-play musical entertainment as well.

Mr. Richardson said the proceeds for Friday and Saturday go to local charities, while Sunday’s proceeds is for the Guatemala projects. New this year will be a monetary donation to the Ukraine fundraiser being organized by The Eganville Leader at the Eganville Arena Friday, June 17.

Connie Tabbert, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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