The live performance of the Cat in the Hat will be accompanied by a book show and tell, a colouring contest, a crazy hat conga line and more.
Krystal Ingram-Cousins, a volunteer youth event coordinator for the Margaree Community Club, joined forces with Corner Brook’s Kris Reid, best known for his performances of ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas’, to bring local kids together for this special event.
This is not their first time working together. The pair brought Reid’s holiday show to the community last Christmas, nearly selling out twice.
Noting that Reid operates as a non-profit organization, often donating show proceeds to various charities, it seems that both Reid and Ingram Cousins truly work tirelessly out of the goodness of their own hearts.
“When I joined (the community club) last year, I wanted to bring youth activities back into the community,” Ingram-Cousins said. The mother of a five-year-old boy, Ingram-Cousins’ involvement stems from her determination to make sure her son is able to socialize and engage with local children outside of his own neighbourhood. She noted that many other parents share this sentiment.
“I’m hearing the same things that I thought – that it’s nice to finally get some of these events here,” she said, noting her family would often travel to larger areas for kid-centred events.
By bringing a show to Margaree, she’s cutting out expensive ticket prices, travel expenses and, most importantly, the dreaded commute with the kids cooped up in the back seat.
“Maybe me doing this will help get more people on the bandwagon,” Ingram-Cousins said, hoping that others may show interest in bringing in these kinds of shows, maybe even to bigger arenas like the Bruce II.
“The demand is here, so why not do it?” she mused.
When asked what kids and parents should expect at the April 14 event, Ingram Cousins noted that since the show is brand new, she will be taking it all in, along with the audience.
“We’re the first ones viewing it. I don’t know exactly what to expect, but with Kris, I’m sure the show is going to have a moral,” she said, noting that the Grinch show focused on bullying.
“I think these events hold a tremendous amount of value in communities but I feel that they are more appreciated and better received in rural communities,” Reid said.
“Many of the communities have individuals such as Krystal who volunteer their time to organize special events for the families and children. They are extremely welcoming and accommodating when it comes to booking the shows, providing venues and such,” he said.
“When it comes to the families and especially the kids, they are so excited to have the chance to meet these characters in person. That is why I make the shows very interactive and use a lot of improvisation.
“When you engage the kids and give them a chance to share their thoughts and ideas,” he added, “that is when the shows get really special and take on a life of their own.”
Tickets for the April 14 show are available at the door on show day.
The event will take place at the Margaree Community Hall.