There were five performances altogether. The first, on Tuesday, was free for seniors, nursing home residents, disabled people, and special people from Participation House. This is a really enthusiastic audience, they love the show. They were joining in with the songs and those who were able were dancing in the aisles!
Then performances on Thursday, Friday, and two on Saturday.
About 150 volunteers are involved in the production.
This spring Variety Show has been running for 48 years, and used to be eagerly anticipated by everyone in town, with huge line-ups for tickets on show nights. But sadly, there's a lot more competition for the entertainment dollar these days, and it's hard to compete with movie theatres and TV shows like "Dancing with the Stars" and "Survivor". Plus it's hockey play-offs, even though the Leafs have already been knocked out of contention.
A group of my Red Hat ladies came to the show, and of course, my family were there, including 9 week old Callum, but many of my other friends and neighbours on the street didn't come, which I find a bit disappointing. Too bad, they missed a great show. However, our audiences were very responsive.... I could hear howls of laughter at the skits, and lots of loud applause after the song and dance numbers. I've heard nothing but praise for the show, it certainly was one of the best we have done. Proceeds will be donated to The Terry Fox Foundation.
Perhaps we'll see you in the front row next year?