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Kenaston Crossroads - Bi-Monthly Newsletter
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Past Dinner Theatre
2014 - Taming the Wild, Wild West

Wild West

Theatre Actors - 2014

2013 - Wynn Fairly Champeen Rassler!!
April 12th and 13th

Wrestling fans are thrilled when local boy Wynn Fairly (Ryley Enns) wins the regional tournament and is set to compete for the state title. Little do they know that Wynn's opponent, Rowdy Ruthless (Kent Anholt), has an unscrupulous, greedy manager, Tara Boneaparte (Sue Mills). She'll stop at nothing to ensure her wrestler's victory! Tara's plan is to have Rowdy's seductive sister, Evileen (Stefanie Kerpan), entice Wynn so that he falls head over heels for her (figuratively speaking, of course!) and loses his focus on the big match. Tara's plan gets knocked for a loop when Wynn meets and falls in love with Doe Ramey (Jenna Zdunich), a jingle singer at Cityville's all-girl radio station (Nancy Carlson, Brittany Carlson, Julie Lowdermilk). In desperation, Tara and her crooked cohorts kidnap the innocent Doe. To save her, Wynn must lose the championship! Set in the roaring 20s, Billy St. John has a ring full of wacky characters: manager Jim Locker (Lorne Anholt), referee Squinty Peepers (Kelsey Enns), timekeeper Belle Boynker (Amy Lafontaine), radio station owner Hedda Fuller-Eyre (Linda Purves) and indecisive Mayor Mae Bea Knott (Rosemary O'Handley). As if that's not enough, there are also mortician Mort Ripley (Aaron Biberdorf) , banker Buck N. Vestor (Don George), lovesick Bertha de Blooze (Kate Zdunich) and a special guest appearance. Who could it be? Don't miss the action!

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Dinner Theatre 2012 - "Hounds of the Clackervilles"

Dinner Theatre 2012

Dinner Theatre 2012 Kenaston Dinner Theatre was held at Kenaston Place on March 30 and 31. The evening began with appetizers and a cocktail hour, followed by a meal prepared by "Well Seasoned" and a dessert parade. Those in attendance were entertained by the comedy, "Hound of the Clackervilles" written by Craig Sodaro and produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Services, Inc. of Englewood , Colorado. The play was directed by Kathy Enns and Melanie Kerpan. Lights, sound and photography were handled by Gene Pavelich.

The play opens with Charlie Clackerville (Lorne Anholt) receiving an anonymous letter reminding him of the Curse of the Clackervilles, a mad hound that will haunt the Clackervilles and seek revenge by killing the male heirs. Charlie is reassured by Doc Holiday (Gerard Zdunich) and his faithful servants, Brunhilda (Carol Lewis) and Beulah (Linda Purves) Burymore. Once they leave and Charlie is about to leave for his date with Sadie Blue (Jenna Zdunich), the hound appears and in his attempt to shoot it, Charlie falls dead of a heart attack.

Several weeks later, on a train ride to New Orleans, famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Josh Kerpan) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Aaron Biberdorf) are set upon by Milly (Amanda Holder) and Tilly (Stefanie Kerpan) who mistakenly think that Holmes is a renowned boxer. Daisy Rae McCrae (Nancy Carlson) also approaches Holmes whom she has purposely sought out for his help in solving the mystery behind the Curse of the Clackerville. With Charlie's death, she wants to protect the love of her life, Hank Bob Clackerville (Kent Anholt), the remaining male heir. Much to Watson's dismay, Holmes agrees to take the case. Meanwhile Hank Bob's mother, Ma Clackerville (Sally Siroski), and her daughters, Lou Bob (Kate Zdunich) and Sue Bob (Brittany Biberdorf) have moved into Clackerville Manor and are being visited by the dance committee, Gabby (Tanya Ringdal), Katie (Cindy Menzies), Lottie (Rachel Zdunich), and Sweetie (Karinn Lewis) to see if the Manor would be an appropriate venue for the Sadie Hawkin's Dance. Noticing a slight cockroach problem, Ma is already waiting the arrival of exterminators. She assumes Holmes and Watson are the exterminators, but once they are settled in, she suspects that they may be spies after her hog jowls and grits recipe. Sadie Blue bursts into the Manor with the Sheriff Fevis (Kelsey Enns) and Deputy Cletis (Ryley Enns) to check if Charlie left her anything. Summoned by Ma Clackerville, retired spies Mata (Rosemary O'Handley) and Hari (Sue Mills) arrive and become completely smitten with Holmes and Watson. Granny (Joni Zdunich) keeps appearing to warn Hank Bob about the curse. Unbeknownst to the other characters, Brunhilda and Beulah make several trips to the swamp with food and clothing, including Hank Bob's boots, for their brother Buddy, a failed comic, who is hiding out there until other arrangements can be made. Sue Bob and Lou Bob are excited to have found dates Micky (Gerard Zdunich) and Willy (Lorne Anholt) for the dance, but they are not pleased when Hank Bob decides to marry Daisy Rae, as this will diminish their inheritance. Meanwhile Holmes has disappeared and Watson searches for him. Ma is disgusted with the exterminators after she finds a giant cockroach. While she is accosting Watson, he misunderstands her and concludes that she, with the help of Granny, has turned Holmes into the giant cockroach. Watson proceeds to carry the cockroach in a pack on his belt and addresses it as Holmes. On hearing screams from the swamp, the characters make their way there only to discover the body of Buddy Burymore. The prime suspect is Sherlock Holmes and once more Sheriff Fevis and Cletis are called into action. While waiting for the Sadie Hawkins Dance to begin, Cletis, joined by other cast members, summarizes the action in a song (written by Melanie Kerpan). Hormonia Slink (Stefanie Kerpan) attends the dance and causes some tension between Hank Bob and Daisy Rae. The dance features a song by Sadie Blue, at the end of which Holmes appears in disguise. He makes himself known to Watson and then to the rest of the characters as he reveals, with the help of Cleo Administrata (Kim Johnson) what he has found out. Ma Clackerville is really Ma Clunkhouse who assumed the identity of Ma Clackerville after she died giving birth to Hank Bob. The lights go out and the hound appears, but is shot by Holmes. The person who trained the hound and is responsible for the death of Buddy is none other than Daisy's ailing sister, Nellie (Julie Nichol), who is actually a disgraced Clackerville trying to get her revenge. She plans to blow up everyone at the dance and escape through the secret passage, but her plan is interrupted with the arrival of Mata and Hari, and Hank Bob's disposal of the dynamite, with minor injuries to himself. All is well and as the finale, the cast breaks into a choreographed dance of "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight."

Community volunteers handled marketing, ticket sales, table setup and decorations, appetizers and dessert preparation, backstage food, waiting, bartending, dishwashing, and cleanup with some help from the students at Kenaston School. A special thank you to Susan Anholt, who is retiring from her position as Chairperson The community appreciates her contributions over the past several years.

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Dinner Theatre - 2011 - "Zorro's Back in Town"

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On April 1 and 2 those attending the Kenaston Dinner Theatre were treated to a taste of New Mexico when the play "Zorro's Back in Town", written by Tim Kelly and produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. of Engelwood, Colorado, was performed at Kenaston Place. The directors, Melanie Kerpan and Kathy Enns, not also designed and constructed the set, with help from Ray Enns and Rosemary O'Handley, but also arranged for costumes. Gene Pavelich was in charge of lights and sound for the production and Allan Kerpan handled the prompting.

The play is set at the Hotel Cucaracha, owned by Buck Badum, (Josh Kerpan) who has swindled the citizens and has complete control of the town. He is assisted by the gun-toting, but not too bright, Sherriff Toady, (Kent Anholt) and the hopelessly untalented hotel entertainer, Conchita (Kate Zdunich). She shows some compassion to Don Alfredo (Tim Holder) who shows up to demand justice and instead ends up losing his last possession in a crooked card draw. His wife, the dramatic and flamboyant Senora De Le Guitar (Cindy Menzies), is overjoyed that he is still alive after his confrontation with Buck. Visitors from California, Henry (Aaron Biberdorf) and his Aunt Victoria (Rosemary O'Handley) arrive at the hotel with the news that the hotel maid, Alice Sweepup (Brittney Carlson) is the heir to a gold mine. Buck and his cohorts decide to lay claim to the deed by pretending that Conchita is Alice. Henry, a bookworm by nature, is moved by the plight of the citizen, especially the wretched Widder Jones (Sally Siroski) and her equally wretched daughter, Lucinda (Nancy Carlson). By chance, Henry meets the real Alice Sweepup, and it is love at first sight. Alice is captured by the sheriff and hidden in the root cellar so the deed to the gold mine can be unwittingly given to Conchita. In celebration, Buck and Conchita, who are pleased with their latest acquisition, decide to throw a party with balloons and dip, otherwise known as a fiesta. After the fiesta food, desserts delivered to the tables by the cast members, Buck introduces the acts for the entertainment portion of the fiesta. Under protest, Don Alfredo is forced to dance the flamenco. The next performance was a hilarious hand dance routine featuring Cory Ouellette and Carla Chomyshen. Derrell Hrynchyshyn, who provided guitar segments throughout the play, sang an original song about the play's characters. Following an unexpected appearance by Captain Barney Kuhl, (Allan Kerpan) from last year's play, a pathetic song and dance number was performed by Conchita. In the meantime, Henry, inspired by his love of books, disguises himself as Zorro, appears and steals back the deed. A chase through the audience ensues, followed by an exciting duel. Under the mistaken impression that he is the star of the show, Buck Badum has to call in a stuntman (Gene Pavelich) to make the precarious three- foot jump from the registration desk. As expected, Zorro is victorious and Buck is forced to return what he has stolen from the townspeople. Zorro reveals his identity and he and Alice are reunited.

The play was preceded by a cocktail hour and a fabulous dinner prepared by Zdunich and Company on Friday night and Well Seasoned on Saturday night. Community volunteers handled marketing, ticket sales, table setup and decorations, appetizers and dessert preparation, backstage food, waiting, bartending, dishwashing, and cleanup with some help from the students at Kenaston School, Once again, a great community effort ensured a successful Dinner Theatre. (by Rosemary O'Handley)

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2009 Production

Play in Kenaston, Saskatchewan

Kenaston Dinner Theatre

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Chicken Heart

Kenaston Place, Dinner Theatre 2009

On March 28 and 29 Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre presented a live theatre production of “Chickenheart” written by Craig Sodaro, and produced by special arrangements with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. of Engelwood Colorado.  This year’s play was capably directed by Melanie Kerpan.  Jordan Richardson provided sound and light expertise as well as providing lots of acting tips for the cast.  Alice Hill again met the challenge of prompting.  The show played to a capacity crowd on Saturday night and large crowd on Sunday evening.

The cast was comprised of Derrell Hrynchyshyn, Gerard Zdunich, Cynthia Guy, Kate Zdunich, Cory Ouellette, Rosemary O’Handley, Joanne Hoffmann, Sally Siroski, Cindy Carss, Carla Chomyshen, Kathy Enns, Aaron Biberdorf, Linda Purves, Drew Anholt, and Jenna Lynne Zdunich,

An exciting thing happened at dress rehearsal.  Thanks to the creative mind of Sally Siroski a bus load of seniors residing at a long term care facility in Saskatoon joined the students of Kenaston School to watch the show.  The seniors loved the performance and the opportunity to attend.

Two of our local caterer’s, Well Seasoned and E & D Catering did themselves proud by serving two wonderful dinners.  Thanks to all of our wonderful community volunteers who were hostesses, waiters and meat carvers.  Behind the scenes were the students who set up tables and chairs; the volunteers who prepared appetizers, set up tables, did appetizer plate service and cocktails. Other community members also provided cast food, decorated, and performed the very essential dish washer crews and facility cleanup. 

Other volunteers filled the roles of management, advertising, sales, set construction.  Wow – what an incredible team.  There are many ways to be involved and we invite everyone in the community to consider how they could take part.

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2005 Production
"Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak"

Dinner Theatre 2005

The Kenaston community and area can be very proud of their 9th successful, classy Dinner Theatre weekend, decorated with a spring atmosphere, a delightful meal, and a hilarious performance of the play "Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak".

Dinner Theatre Committee coordinators, Albert and Joanne Hoffmann began the planning process in January, 2005. Committees set to work handling food, decorating, performing, and volunteering for all of the many responsibilities that these two evenings involve. The Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre Committee is grateful for the many volunteers from the Kenaston and Hawarden surrounding area for donating their valuable time and efforts. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our great appreciation to the years of service that Albert and Joanne have put into coordinating the Dinner Theatre Committee and we will greatly miss their leadership in our 2006 year. We are very confident that they will be of great support to whoever takes on this position next year and if you are interested please let them know. Thanks again Albert and Joanne!

For the first time the Kenaston School Staff took on the huge responsibility of organizing the meal portion of the evening and donated their time, effort, (and Easter Break) to prepare and serve a delectable chicken breast dinner to 384 guests! This community is always willing to volunteer their time and there were many talented volunteers working in all areas of food preparation, dessert, appetizers, and salads whether cooking, serving, or cleaning-up. The guests were greeted by 7 hostesses and served by 25 waiters and 8 bartenders. Many households happily donated food items and oven space and we are very appreciative of all personal donations made from community members.

The treasure chest, an annual raffle held at Dinner Theatre, continued to benefit Kenaston Place with its proceeds. Special thanks to Terri Sieban for collecting this year's beautiful prizes and selling the tickets. This year's winners were Joni Zdunich and Cory Ouellette of Kenaston both winning a patio swing, Ken Rosaasen of Saskatoon & Stella Kergen of Davidson each winning a firepit, Brenda Klepy of Saskatoon & Greg Heinbigner of Saskatoon each winning a bird bath, and Joan Didur and Kim Johnson of Kenaston each winning tickets to Kenaston's 2006 Dinner Theatre. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Once the meal portion of the evening was completed, the cast of "Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak" stepped out to entertain the crowd. Preparations for the play began in February and directors Idelle Westman and Colleen Sekulich were on the lookout for five aspiring actors. They didn't have to look far as five former Dinner Theatre alumni jumped up to the plate. This Canadian-based play is set in Big Oak, an ordinary small town with ordinary people where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Tom Shaw (Darrell Kerpan) along with Orson Hubble (Tim Holder) operate the café in town where the locals, Rachel Blessington (Linda Purves) and Bev Dupuis (Elaine Feltis) gather for coffee and the latest low down.

Things suddenly change and Big Oak comes to life when Sadie Flynn (Cindy Menzies) pays a visit. Such a small cast meant for a lot of lines to memorize, yet the cast was still laughing and cracking up at the on and off-stage antics of this particular play. The cast and directors would like to sincerely thank: Alice Hill for prompting; Jordan Richardson and Tim Holder for their sound and light expertise; Robert and Idelle Westman, Sonia Howells, along with Tim Holder and Darrell Kerpan for their hard work on the set; and Elaine Feltis for her work with costumes and support of the cast. The cast also greatly appreciates the School of Dance for sharing the stage and those who catered appetizers for the cast.

To the many dedicated volunteers who made these two evenings possible, we thank you for making "Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak" a great success. Thank you to all of those who supported this community effort and we look forward to entertaining you all next year!
Submitted by:
Cindy Menzies and Shirley Sanderson
Advertising Committee

2004 Production
"No Sex Please, We're British"

Dinner Theatre 2004


On April 3 and 4, 2004 Kenaston Place was filled with community spirit with its eighth successful Dinner Theatre weekend. Guests coming from near and far were welcomed into a delightful spring atmosphere to enjoy a delicious dinner with a classy dessert parade and an entertaining performance of the play "No Sex Please, We're British".

The Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre Committee, headed by Albert and Joanne Hoffmann, began planning in January, 2004. Committees were struck for food, decorations and performing, and community members began volunteering. The Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre Committee would like to express its gratitude to the 185 volunteers from the Kenaston and Hawarden surrounding area for donating their valuable time and efforts. Numerous community volunteers, under the guidance and direction of Susan Anholt and Evelyn Mills, donated their time and effort to prepare and serve a delicious roast beef dinner to a new record of 484 guests!

Talent is not only something for the stage - there were 105 talented volunteers working in all areas of food preparation, dessert, appetizers, and salads whether cooking, serving, or cleaning-up. The guests were greeted by 9 hostesses and served by 30 waiters and 9 bartenders. 46 households happily donated food items and we are very appreciative of all personal donations made from community members.

The treasure chest, an annual raffle held at Dinner Theatre, continued to benefit Kenaston Place with its proceeds. Special thanks to Terri Sieban for collecting this year's fabulous prizes and selling the tickets. This year's winners were Darren Siroski of Kenaston & Gwen Allan of Davidson both winning a Home Theatre System, Anne Willner of Davidson & Vanna Gay Shaw of Davidson both winning a digital camera with printer, and Greg Mitchell of Saskatoon & Norlane McIvor of Davidson both winning tickets to Kenaston's 2005 Dinner Theatre. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Once the meal portion of the evening was completed, the cast of "No Sex Please, We're British" stepped out to entertain the crowd. Preparations for the play began in January and directors Idelle Westman and Colleen Sekulich were on the lookout for ten aspiring actors. Although returning performers from previous Kenaston productions were ready to begin, there were still two roles without players - one of which was the male lead! Thankfully two young talents, Jordan Richardson of Hanley and Brandyn Chomyshen (a graduate from Kenaston School), stepped up to the roles and completed the cast of ten.

The play is set in a bank apartment where newly married Frances Hunter (Cindy Menzies) mistakenly orders various shipments of pornography. She and husband Peter (Richardson) attempt to dispose of these unfortunate arrivals by placing far too much of the responsibility on a bumbling bank clerk (Elaine Feltis). To complicate matters the Hunters are paid visits by a nosy mother-in-law (Sally Siroski), the bank manager (Darrell Kerpan), the bank inspector (Chomyshen), the police superintendent (Ray Enns), and 2 "working girls" from the company that had sent the shipments (Linda Purves and Mick Hertz).

The cast and directors would like to sincerely thank: Bob Mason for his on-stage talents and off-stage assistance, Tim Holder for his sound and light expertise, Sonia Howells for her backstage assistance, the many hard workers who put together the set, and Elaine Feltis for her work with costumes and all of the experience she brings to the stage.

To the many dedicated volunteers who made these two evenings possible, we thank you for making "No Sex Please, We're British" a complete success. We couldn't have done it without you! To those of you who attended, we look forward to seeing you next year!Submitted by Cindy Menzies and Shirley SandersonTOP ROW: Colleen Sekulich, Ray EnnsMIDDLE ROW: Bob Mason, Brandyn Chomyshen, Darrell Kerpan, Idelle Westman, Tim Holder, Linda Purves, Sonia HowellsFRONT ROW: Elaine Feltis, Jordan Richardson, Sally Siroski, Cindy Menzies, Mick Hertz

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2003 Production
"Not Now Darling"

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The Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre can be very proud of their seventh successful Dinner Theatre.  This year’s production of “Not Now, Darling” held March 22 and 23 at Kenaston Place was successful due to our community pulling together and donating valuable time, effort, and talent to this wonderful event. 

Volunteers are a key element in making this event a success and the Kenaston, Hawarden, and area residents rose to the occasion!  There were 94 volunteers working with all areas of food preparation dessert, appetizers, and salads whether cooking, serving, or cleaning-up.

The guests were greeted by 11 hostesses and served by 30 waiters and 8 bartenders.  57 households happily donated food items and we are very appreciative of all personal donations made from community members as well as donations from the business community.

“Not Now, Darling” was performed for a record seating of 474 guests! Our decorating and style is always highly anticipated by guests and our committee have outdone themselves again  The ambiance of this year’s play was very elegant with its black table settings.  Guests were greeted in the stylish foyer with the red backdrop and mannequin adorning a fur coat. 

Community volunteers, under the guidance and direction of Susan Anholt and Evelyn Mills, served a delicious roast beef supper to the guests.  The dessert parade concluded the meal portion with a smashing tune and some sassy Saskatoon berry cheesecake.

Once the dessert parade was concluded the lights were dimmed and the cast of 11 community performers entered the stage and entertained the crowd for 2 action-packed hours.  The cast and directors can be quoted as saying that they were still laughing at this hilarious play even in the final rehearsal hours and were very appreciative of hearing the enthusiastic response from the audience 

The performance is only one portion of what needs to happen in order to make these two evenings successful.  The Kenaston Community Dinner Theatre committee, headed by Albert and Joanne Hoffmann, organized several committees and without these hard-working volunteers none of this would be possible.

To you many dedicated volunteers who made these two evenings possible, we thank you for making “Not Now, Darling” a complete success.  It couldn’t have happened without you!

See you next year!

Submitted by: Cindy Menzies & Shirley Sanderson

Advertising Committee

2002 Production
"Who Dun It!"

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