This year, the Bienfait Lions Club dinner theatre is dedicated to the memory of Dwight Thompson.
Thompson died suddenly earlier this year but he had always been involved in the community dinner theatre at Bienfait every year until last year.
“It ran for 13 years and last year was the first year we didn’t run it,” said Bienfait’s Marion Harper. “Now that he’s passed away, we just thought we would have another dinner theatre in memory of Dwight.
“He worked so hard for those 13 years and he got it going. And that was one of his passions. It brought the community together and everybody will again work together.”
The play is called New Kid On The Block and will be presented Nov. 23 and 24 as a dinner theatre and as dessert theatre Nov. 25 at the Weldon School gym. It’s available through advance tickets only. All of the proceeds for the night will go back to the Bienfait community.
“He was there for all 13 years, got all the actors and did a lot of work for it,” Harper said. “In respect, we’d like to have one more dinner theatre in his memory.”
The dinner theatres in the past have helped the Lions donate a total $140,000 for Bienfait.
Planning it has gone well despite the absence of Thompson.
“Dwight was a very sociable person and likeable person and everyone mentioned as soon as we’d do this, everyone is pitching in to help,” she said.
The play is a comedy about three elderly gentlemen who need a fourth member for the home they rent.
“They advertise to bring in another man, and Willie signs up and they’re happy and then, when Willie arrives, it’s a woman,” Harper said. “And then the fun begins.”
The advertising campaign has just begun and Harper said they’ve already sold 13 tables for the Nov. 24 show.
“I assume we’re going to do the same as we’ve done the other years. I’m hoping.”
Anyone interested in tickets can call Harper at 306-634-2702.