February brings top notch entertainment to community

Want to break up the winter doldrums? Want to enjoy a night out with great entertainment, delicious food and plenty of socializing?

Want to break up the winter doldrums?

Want to enjoy a night out with great entertainment, delicious food and plenty of socializing?

Liberty Hall Society has just the thing for you.

Their February production of Maid to Order, a two-act comedy, is just around the corner.

The play is to be held at Liberty Hall Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and March 1.

And this year, organizers have opted to include an afternoon matinee of the play beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 which will include a delicious array of deserts.

Maid to Order will be presented by a talented and dedicated cast of local actors and actresses.

“It promises to be very entertaining; lots of laughs, said production manager Dariel Sroka. The cast has been having lots of fun rehearsing for this play. They have been practicing since October.”

She said cast members range in age from 13 to 65 plus.

Sroka said volunteers are always welcome and there are many roles to fill besides actually acting in the play.

Other jobs such lighting and sound technicians, ticket sales people, set designers, builders and decorators, script assistants, costume, makeup and hair design people, directors, production manager, still photographers, videographers, musicians, bar tenders and hall cleaners, cooks and dishwashers are all important.

Money raised from the dinner theatre goes towards the new hall which is on the same site and is now at the lock up stage.

Liberty Hall was built in 1921 as a temporary structure.

Now, almost a century later, the hall remains a busy place and a central hub for the community where reunions, picnics, dinners and meetings are held.

However, even though the spirit is strong, it is a sad reality that the roof leaks badly, the water and sewer pipes often freeze in winter, the kitchen is not up to commercial qualifications and operational costs continue to rise.

The hall board has been diligently saving for many years to build a new facility and was most pleased that Ponoka County contributed $140,000 in matching funds for their project.

In an earlier interview, Ponoka County Reeve Paul McLauchlin said council was impressed because the hall board had already raised significant dollars on their own when they requested the funding.

“This was one of the few situations for council where there was no debate,” he said. “It was an unusual request as we had never seen this level of community support for a project. They (the Liberty Hall board) are an example for other communities to follow.”

McLauchlin will be master of ceremonies for the February productions.