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River East plays part in Rainbow Stage’s success

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Annie, played by Zoë Adam, with Daddy Warbucks, played by Kevin Aichele, perform during a past production of Annie at Rainbow Stage. Many residents of River East work to help make Rainbow Stage a success.

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Annie, played by Zoë Adam, with Daddy Warbucks, played by Kevin Aichele, perform during a past production of Annie at Rainbow Stage. Many residents of River East work to help make Rainbow Stage a success. Photo Store Photo Store

We may not be thinking that summer will ever come as we endure the extreme cold we have experienced this winter.

However, summer is bound to return, and I thought this might be a good time to focus on a unique family tradition that many of us look forward to. That tradition is Rainbow Stage.
This summer marks Rainbow Stage’s 60th Anniversary of dazzling family entertainment. As Canada’s longest-surviving outdoor theatre, success has come from both the quality of the productions and the support from the community. What could be better than having a picnic with family and friends at Kildonan Park followed by enjoying a lively musical theatre production?

Rainbow Stage has put together quite the lineup for its Diamond Celebration and will feature three productions this summer. It all begins in June with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, followed by The Producers in July and capped off with Disney’s The Little Mermaid in August. The theatre itself has been upgraded. The concrete walls are now covered with beautiful murals, the auditorium curtains have been replaced and the concessions have been completely renovated and redecorated.

There are also plans underway for a Summer Picnic in the Park and on Oct. 15th Rainbow Stage’s yearly fundraising gala, Encore 2014! 60 Years of Brilliance!, will be held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

I am extremely proud that many talented individuals in our community play an integral part in making Rainbow Stage possible. I am sure that many of you know, or know of, someone who works or volunteers their time at Rainbow Stage; whether they are a part of the cast, the crew, or on the board of directors. Names like Kimberley Rampersad, Stacey Nattrass, Carson Nattrass, the late Ken Peters, Scott Peters, Jascha Boge, Robert Boge, Campbell McIntyre and Doug Meacham are just a few of the many familiar names who are part of the Rainbow Stage family. These professionals and volunteers have played a significant role in the success and growth of Rainbow Stage over the years.

I want to congratulate Rainbow Stage for providing 60 years of top notch family entertainment! I know that our community will continue to support this wonderful summer institution for generations to come.

For show dates and ticket information, or if you’d like to volunteer, please visit their website at www.rainbowstage.ca  or by phone at 204-989-5261.

If you know someone who is doing good work in our community, I would love to hear from you. Email me at bonniemitchelson@mts.net.

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