Din­ner the­atre’s suc­cess a com­mu­nity ef­fort

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial - Yvonne Kennedy Homeville

There is an old African proverb that says ... “It takes an en­tire vil­lage to raise a child.”

Per­haps this thought could be ex­tended to keep­ing a le­gion op­er­at­ing in a small ru­ral vil­lage in Cape Bre­ton.

Branch 55 Le­gion in Port Morien has just fin­ished host­ing four nights of din­ner the­atre and it took an en­tire vil­lage to make it hap­pen.

The Port Morien Play­ers have been re­hears­ing through­out the win­ter. Un­der the ca­pa­ble di­rec­tion of Paulette Mac­Dougall, this com­i­cal bunch of “true char­ac­ters” have per­fected their act­ing skills over the years to pro­duce a show that al­ways de­lights the au­di­ence.

The “Amorous Am­bas­sadour” fea­tured Cameron Frost as an Am­bas­sadour with a keen ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ladies. This gen­tle­man might be re­mem­bered for his tie col­lec­tion that was re­cently fea­tured in the Cape Bre­ton Post. Just watch­ing his man’s an­tics on stage makes me laugh. He doesn’t have to say a word.

All the play­ers out­did them­selves with this pro­duc­tion.

To pre­pare meals for four nights re­quires a small army of vol­un­teers. Ku­dos to Myrna Mur­phy and her kitchen crew for de­liv­er­ing a de­li­cious meal ev­ery evening.

Be­hind the scenes are the ladies who qui­etly ar­rive in the morn­ing to set the ta­bles, the dish­wash­ers who will prob­a­bly not want to see another dirty dish for a long time and the ladies who baked the desserts. The peel­ing of veg­eta­bles, the cook­ing of the roasts, the clean-up crew and the servers who ef­fi­ciently de­liv­ered a de­li­cious, hot meal to an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence are all vol­un­teers who work so hard to raise money to keep this fa­cil­ity open.

The au­di­ence en­joyed them­selves but re­al­ized they were do­ing their part to help out our com­mu­nity.

That’s what Cape Bre­ton­ers are known for. We all want our com­mu­ni­ties to be suc­cess­ful.

The vol­un­teers in Port Morien will catch their breath for a few days be­fore they get ready for the monthly Coun­try Mar­ket on May 13. This monthly fundraiser pro­vides a gath­er­ing place for res­i­dents from far and wide.

Vol­un­teers keep our com­mu­ni­ties strong.

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