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Walshe drama students set to entertain seniors

The F.P. Walshe Grade 8-9 drama performance class will enact a play for the popular annual Royal Purple Seniors Tea — one of a number of events the community is planning to applaud its seniors during Seniors Week on June 6-12.
The play, “Big Bad,” is a comedy about the Big Bad Wolf on trial. The plaintiffs — Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, the three little pigs, the boy who cried wolf, and Little Miss Muffet — are charging Big Bad with various accounts of harassment.
“The audience is the jury and gets to decide on the wolf’s fate,” F.P. Walshe drama teacher Courtney Wehlage explained.
All seniors and community senior lovers are invited to come out to the Royal Purple Seniors Tea and be part of the jury Wednesday, June 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall.
“The students are really excited and nervous to be performing for the community,” Wehlage said. “They’ve been working very hard, and are hopeful that everyone will have an entertaining afternoon.”
Royal Purple president Eleanor Rondeau said this is the 59th year the Elks ladies’ organization has hosted the tea that usually draws from 70 to 90 people out for an afternoon of entertainment over a cuppa.
“This year is the Royal Purple’s 60th anniversary,” Rondeau said. “They started the tea the year after they started up.”
The curtain goes up on Seniors Week at the Welcome Mat on Monday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. when Norene Easthope, information officer for Alberta Seniors and Community Support will once again answer questions seniors might have about government programs and resources available to seniors.
Easthope was a hit when she spoke to seniors at the Welcome Mat last year during Seniors Week.
“We’re very pleased to have Norene again,” Fort Macleod Family and Community Support Services co-ordinator Angie O’Connor said. “This session was very well attended last year. Lots of people had questions.”
Monday, June 6 from 7-9 p.m. the whole community is invited to an evening of entertainment at the Empress Theatre with seniors entertaining.
“It’s a great — and free — evening out,” O’Connor said.
While there’s no admission, people can make a donation to the Fort Macleod Handibus.
Honouring seniors is important, O’Connor emphasized.
“Fort Macleod has a large number of seniors. They contribute greatly to the community. Many are great volunteers. They’re very supportive to their families, and to the whole community as well. We want them to be recognized, and know that we appreciate them.”
Seniors Week winds up with a pancake breakfast with door prizes at Macleod Pioneer Lodge on Saturday, June 11 from 8-10 a.m.
The handibus is available if booked beforehand.
Alberta has about 385,000 seniors according to the June 2009 census. About 600 of them live in Fort Macleod.