Rivertown Players return with shortened season

Funding cut means less work for TRU theatre students, who create and perform plays for kids in Kamloops parks over the summer

Each year, the Rivertown Players take to Kamloops parks to perform theatre shows for kids, but this year, a funding shortfall means a shorter season for the three-student crew.

The Kamloops Arts Council, which runs the program, said a “significant cut” means the players will only be performing through July.

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“The funding from the Canada Summer Job grants has been scaled back and unfortunately this year it’s such a drastic cut that we were only able to employ the three students for eight weeks,” KAC executive director Terri Hadwin said.

In the past, the program has employed three students for four months of work, with two months of show preparations, where students produce the shows and make props and sets, and two months of performances.

Hadwin, still new to her KAC executive position, said she hopes next year she will be able to seek out alternative sources of funding to keep the program running at its former capacity.

But the show must go on, and the students are making the best of it.

Des Geddes, a returning performer on the Rivertown team — the only one, this year — will be joined by newcomers and fellow Thompson Rivers University theatre students Jane Harestad and Brendan Law.

Geddes has found herself in somewhat of a leadership role this year, being the veteran, and said she and the crew have found a balance between her guiding their way and them bringing their own ideas to the table.

This year, shows include tales of wizards, superheroes and knights.

“It’s all very mystical and exciting,” she said.

A complete schedule of performances is due out early next week.

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