Cirque de Rimbey will entertain, fundraise for RES

By Treena Mielke

Bringing Cirque de Rimbey to town is the first step toward generating the cash flow required to make the dream of a new playground a reality for Rimbey Elementary School students.

Rolanda Eadie, a Grade 5 teacher at Rimbey Elementary School, said students were asked to submit drawings about what they would like to see in a playground at their school. The ideas from these drawings were sent to a number of design companies and a final conceptual drawing selected.

“Everything they wanted, we tried to get in that playground and now we have a design to go on. We need to raise funds because matching government grants are available to help us make the playground happen,” she said.

All of the proceeds from Cirque de Rimbey will go toward the cost of the new playground. It will be held on March 18 at the Rimbey Community Centre with doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a 30-minute intermission at 8 p.m. There will be a silent auction following the performance.

Eadie, who is working hard with performers and community service groups, to bring a high quality performance to the community, explained the event will be loosely patterned after the famous Cirque du Soleil, a themed gymnastics, drama and dance performance.

“There are two main reasons for the show,” she said. One is to give the students and chance to perform and showcase their talents and the other is to raise money for the Rimbey Elementary School playground.”

Performers, in the 25-act performance, are to include students from the Rimbey Elementary and Rimbey Junior/Senior High School and also gymnasts, musicians and dancers from surrounding schools and communities.

Bluffton West 4-H Club will volunteer their time at the event to set up chairs, collect admission and serve refreshments. Rimbey Elementary School Council will also collect admission and run the silent auction. Rimbey Elementary School staff will help with the organization, planning, lighting, music and stage makeup of the performers.

A live auction with well known auctioneer Dan Skeels will follow the silent auction.

For more information contact either Rolanda Eadie or Jodi Bramfield at (403) 843-3751.