Wild office party production planned as Cheer fundraiser

This year’s IBS office party will be a wild night of over-the-top partying featuring irresponsible acts — and they are acts — of all kinds.

Never heard of IBS? Don’t fret — it’s not a real business, but instead the setting of a dinner play Christmas Cheer fundraiser event happening this weekend.

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The production will feature a volunteer cast of 20 performing around a dinner audience serving as company employees — and if they want, the audience can act the part and get wild right along with them, with actors improvising along the way.

The party performance is the work of TRU theatre faculty members Heidi Verwey and Robin Nichol, who are co-directing the fundraising production and helped fill out the cast, which is made up of TRU students and alumni.

“We devised it as a group,” Nichol said, noting that she and Verwey, plus many of the actors, had a hand in creating the show.

“My dad was a banker, so as a child I went to many an office Christmas party and saw all the shenanigans,” Verwey said.

Just how off the rails does it get? Naked butts, apparently.

“Well, Kamloops Office Supplies is one of our sponsors, so we have to make use of the copier we have on loan from them,” Verwey said.

Other highlights include further nudity, even from Old Saint Nick, who might have some issues keeping his clothes on, according to Verwey.

While tickets for IBS office party fundraiser are sold out, Christmas Cheer fundraising continues.

As of KTW press time, $10,365 had been raised for this year’s charities, which are the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter, Out of the Cold shelter, The Mustard Seed New Life Community, Kamloops Brain Injury Association and Boys and Girls Club’s Falcon Program.

To donate, go online to kamloopsthisweek.com/cheer or visit the KTW office, 1365B Dalhousie Dr. in Southgate. Office hours are Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All donations collected will be held by the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo for distribution in January. Online receipts will be issued immediately by the United Way; cash donations will generate receipts in January.

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