On the Horizon - October 4

Partnerships and Connections

Partnerships and connections are such a blessing in our lives, don’t you think? Over the past couple of weeks, Horizon Stage has collaborated with a lot of individuals and organizations, and we are feeling very grateful for these opportunities.

Love Bomb was a performance with a message, and we’re proud to have been able to share it. Youth in our community are faced with very tough situations, and our goal was to bring some awareness of resources and to shine light on it for parents. We worked with the RCMP, Alberta Parenting for the Future, Family and Community Support Services in both Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, and the Westview Primary Care Network. The conversations were deep and meaningful that night, and we hope that these will continue.

Saturday night was a completely different flavour, with equally wonderful partners. The Cremation of Sam McGee was presented as part of Alberta Culture Days, along with classes, workshops, and activities at the Library and Art Gallery on Saturday and Sunday. We were lucky to work with these partners to create opportunities for residents to experience culture without barriers, thanks in part to grants from the province of Alberta, and Canadian Heritage (speaking of collaboration). We also had a resident reach out and offer to loan us four Ted Harrison prints to go along with the display of local artists in the lobby – a wonderful gesture that came out of the blue because of this project. We saw a lot of new faces at Horizon Stage that night, so we’re hoping that will start some new friendships too. I had the pleasure of speaking with a couple in the lobby before the show who have been coming to the theatre for many years. They expressed their gratitude for our programming, and were very kind to compliment the work we do in the community. Their words touched my soul on a night that was all about celebrating culture, and I felt blessed to hear them.

Thanks to everyone who has come out to our first batch of shows this season. You make our jobs worthwhile and we are always grateful for the support.

Now, looking ahead, we’re continuing our jumping from genre to genre, making my head spin a little bit. This weekend, Kenny Hess is sold out, so there’s not much to say about it besides we’re happy to have him back in the theatre after many years.

TerZettto is the first of our Family programs this year, and I can’t wait to see it on Tuesday, October 8. Fun, silly, and physical, it’s the perfect way to introduce children to theatre. Three individuals with their own unique qualities learn that they can work together and be great, which only reinforces what I was talking about earlier! Collaboration and partners make it all go around. I wish my kids were younger so they could come and giggle with me at this performance, but maybe I’ll just sit beside someone else’s kids and live vicariously through them. If you have kids or grandkids, nieces and nephews, or any other youngsters who are important to you, consider spending the evening with us. Time is a precious gift, so spend it wisely while they’re young. The show is at 6:30, so everyone can still get home to bed at a reasonable time, and we’ll have crafts and activities in the lobby from 5:30 to 6:15, making it a great night out with the kids. It’s the first time we’ve done a family show on a weeknight, so it’s a change for us too, but we think it’s going to work out just fine. Sometimes weekends are hard to commit to, with all the other things families are juggling, and really, when aren’t we busy? We just have to make time for fun. We hope you’ll join us. Tickets are just $12 each, and available at 780-962-8995, at the City Hall Ticket Centre, or online.

To finish off our look at October shows, Jimmy Rankin is also sold out (thank you for that), proving that we have the best audience. Bring back some favourites, you said. OK, I said, but you have to buy them. And you did. What great partners you all are! Yes, it all comes back to that word. It’s so lovely when it all comes together, isn’t it? See you soon, and thank you.

-Brandi Watson, Theatre Manager

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