Donalda turns to the past in fundraiser

The Donalda and District Museum is looking back at the region’s past as it hosts “Tales of the Past,” a dinner theatre production.

The Donalda and District Museum is looking back at the region’s past as it hosts “Tales of the Past,” a dinner theatre production.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, the Museum will host a dinner theatre production as its annual fundraiser, which will feature three local actors performing as pioneers telling tales of their adventures in settling the areas.

Bob Willis will perform as Gabriel Dumont, a Métis man who fled the persecution of the Red River Settlement and settled in Alberta, while Chris Jenson will perform as James Gadsby, an American man who fled to Canada to avoid the law, and turned his life around.

It wasn’t just men who helped open the west, though, and Nora Smith will play the part of Alice Rogers, a phone operator in the area.

“I know Bob and Nora do great performances,” Darlene Tantrum, one of the museum members, said. “Chris is newer but he’s told a great story.”

The tickets for the evening are $40, and include the performances and a hot roast beef dinner, which is being prepared by the museum’s board.

“It’ll be a great home-cooked meal,” Tantrum said.

The doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner being served at 6 p.m., she said, explaining that the tales will come between the various activities of the evening, which include both live and silent auctions.

This is the first time the museum has held this dinner theatre performance as its annual fundraiser. Last year, they had Gary Fjellgaard, a country music performer, entertain.