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Over the past number of years, the Kenmore Theatre in Morden has used funds from its Valentine's Day plays for cosmetic updates to its facilities. Director of Candlewick Productions, Richard Klassen, hopes to see a number of renovations, but admits it will take some time.

"We want to see a closing curtain on the stage. Over time, maybe even some new seat covers, but that's going to take a while," he said.

Klassen added that while renovations are necessary to keep the Kenmore at its best, he wants to maintain the classic, vintage feel of the theatre. Recently, a new dance studio was added to the second floor which cost over $5,000.

Ticket sales from Friday and Saturday's shows will be used for the Morden theatre, Klassen is hoping for a few thousand dollars. The money earned from next weekend's performances at the Manitou Opera House on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will continue to pay off the renovations completed last fall which made the historic building more accessible to people with limited mobility.

This year's Valentine's Day play is a comedy called "I'll Get My Man" with a small cast of nine actors and actresses. Klassen said the energy brought to the rehearsals from the actors and stage crew contributed to a successful opening night on Friday.

"It's a very fun group to work with," he said, "[There were] lots of laughs which makes it an even more enjoyable experience."

"When we have a show like we had tonight (Friday), and you get to see the community out and they're enjoying themselves, or you get to see the actors on stage and they are having a blast and excelling, the opportunities to give our community players that chance to have a venue that lets them shine, for me that's the closest to my heart."

Richard and Vanessa Klassen started Candlewick in 2002, before that they helped to start the Passion Play which shows annually in La Riviere.

 

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