We’ve reclaimed the Limelight!!
On Saturday, September 10th, Teatro participated in the the third annual Battle for the Limelight fundraiser, a riotous Amazing Race style event organized by our friends at Northern Light Theatre. Over twenty teams representing a whole cross section of Edmonton theatre companies competed and raised funds for themselves as well as NLT. Teatro was represented by Team Congaaaa! which consisted of company stalwarts Mathew Hulshof and Andrew MacDonald-Smith, plus two of our 2016 debutantes, Michelle Diaz and Louise Lambert. This courageous and vivacious quartet zealously hurled themselves at a variety of Old Strathcona-centric challenges, including bagging groceries for unsuspecting strangers at Save-On Foods, playing Blind Pictionary at the offices of Alberta Opera and Concrete Theatre plus:
Making up beds at the Metterra Hotel
Mastering precision slicing skills at Knifewear
Assembling stylish outfits at Bamboo Ballroom
and eating whole Thai bird chili peppers at Dadeo!!
We’re thrilled to report that Team Congaaaa! dispatched these and other challenges in record time and were first over the finish line!
Well alright, we tied with our pals from Azimuth Theatre, who returned at exactly the same time. First place was therefore declared a tie between our team and Team Az, and we’ve got no complaints about that, having effectively reclaimed the title we won at the first Limelight event in 2014 and lost in 2015.
In one aspect, however, Teatro has yet to be bested, and this is in the not insignificant matter of pledge funds raised. For the third year in a row, we were the team that raised the most money, beating our own 2015 total of funds collected by over 30%! Our success here is primarily due to the spectacular generosity of our Fringe audiences, who filled our buckets so enthusiastically following the festival and holdover performances of What Gives?/Stump the Panel.
We’re presently doing our level best to process the windfall of donations we received and to supply applicable tax receipts for donations of $20 and higher. And a big THANK YOU! to Northern Light Theatre’s staff and board for bringing back this joyous and inclusive event and allowing so many to benefit from it.