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Klaglahachie volunteers, heroes at appreciation night

It took more than 100 volunteers working behind the scenes to put on Klaglahachie Fine Art Society’s high-calibre production

It took more than 100 volunteers working behind the scenes to put on Klaglahachie Fine Art Society’s high-calibre production of Anne of Green Gables and the hard workers were given a special treat in the way of a volunteer appreciation performance.

“I counted 108, that includes Bob Ronnie as caterer,” said producer Richard McKelvie.

The ample number of volunteers includes the society’s board members and management team.

“Then there’s volunteers totally independent of us,” said McKelvie. This takes account the decorators and costume designers

“The hats were all hand made,” said McKelvie. It took seamstresses approximately 2 months to create all the costumes.

The sets were hand painted and with volunteers on the soundboard McKelvie says the play is being projected better than it has been in years.

Many of the volunteers began their work over the summer months; this is when a short video trailer was produced to be used during the play. “I thought that was pretty effective,” said McKelvie.

“And then there’s the people like Fort Ostell Museum that let us use stuff every year,” he added. Volunteers also created the radio ad used across central Alberta.

“The people, they kind of remind me of little gnomes. They’re just working away and they don’t get recognition,” said McKelvie.

The volunteer appreciation night also bring light to those not in the play but sacrificed anyway, parents and siblings and spouses.  “Those people are short shifted . . . because it’s a community production.”

“There’s a lot of people who put themselves out to make it good,” he added. “People it seems to me, they rise to the challenge.”


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