The Nose Creek Players of Airdrie, Alberta, are a community theater group who are trying to keep the art and joy of the theater alive. On September 29, the group put on a show that included three original one act plays that were written by local playwrights. President & Artistic Director of the Nose Creek Players, Kim Cheel explained that the show was a part of “Alberta Culture Days, a province-wide celebration of the arts.”
Between the 28th and the 30th of September over 80 communities in Alberta hosted more than 1235 events for the Alberta Culture Days. According to the main website, this year’s culture days were the most successful yet. And the planning has already begun for next year’s culture days, which will take place on the 27th through 29th September, 2013. Check for updates on the website to keep abreast of all the great events to come next year, and to see photos from all the communities’ events this year.
The Nose Creek Players printed posters that they put up all around the community and local businesses. Cheel said that the most effective method of bringing attention to the show was social media. By advertising the show on their website, their Facebook page, as well as through their Twitter account, the Nose Creek Players were able to bring in a great crowd. The Nose Creek Players also able to advertise on the radio for the Alberta Culture Days.
Before the show could go on, the stages of planning had to be completed. Cheel said of the process, “Event planning is always a mixture of frustration and excitement. My main advice would be to delegate. Find people who are willing to help, and don’t be afraid to give them tasks. Be realistic with your goals.”
When it comes to theater performances, nothing can be predicted, and its best to prepare for anything. “Every performance has highlights, especially in live theatre, as you don’t know what is going to happen, but I think what is most memorable is how the community of Airdrie came en masse to support our local troupe and the playwrights whose work was performed,” Cheel said.
The show was such a success that it was covered by the local media. You can check out it here. Cheel also said that photos of the event were uploaded to the Nose Creek Players own Flickr page. The photos from the show can be found on the third and fourth page of their account.