The Homegrown Theatre Production Company, founded in Lacombe in 2016, is a non-profit theatre group which welcomes those of all ages and abilities.
“Our board members, directors, producers, we’re all volunteers, and we’re looking to bring local, talented people in to help us with our programs that we’re planning to put on, and no experience is required to join,” said Sandra Harder, one of the volunteers of Homegrown Theatre.
Harder said they use local businesses as much as they can for printing, props, costumes, venues, promotions and things like that.
“We write all our own scripts and things like that, and last year we did The Phil Buster Variety Show, which was very popular,” she said, adding that it was a live theatre production set in the fifties.
“We had three or four skits that we did and then we had some local singers come in and everything was set in that era.”
Currently sitting on the Homegrown committee are around seven people.
Homegrown Theatre will be having a performance in November, a live radio play of a short version of It’s A Wonderful Life.
Harder said when it comes to casting parts there isn’t a typical audition process like some other theatre performances.
“We want everybody of all ages and abilities and no experience just to come out, because we have lots of different parts to fill and if you’re not good at one thing, you might be really good at another thing,” she said.
Partnering with the City of Lacombe, they will be looking for actors and crew members looking to participate.
“Basically all you have to do for that is sit and read because it’s a radio play.”
She said their will be rehearsals for it, but as far as auditions go, if anyone comes they will find something for them whether it’s acting, helping with the props, costumes, makeup or helping to make up the stage set.
“The benefit is we’re all having fun and doing something exciting in our own backyard.”
She said the monies they do raise at their performances will go to a group in town called the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre Foundation, with an ultimate goal of getting a venue where they can have plays and dances or musical recitals at a regular venue, or home as Harder calls it.
The play will take place Nov. 24th and 25th at the Lacombe Upper Elementary School at 7 p.m.