Theatre bringing back popular musicians

The Souris Valley Theatre is bringing back a popular local group to perform at Frehlick Hall next week.

The Daae Family will entertain on July 17, starting at 7:30 p.m. When they performed last year, an over-capacity crowd turned out to watch the Daaes and their guests, the Petersens.

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“This year when we booked them, we asked to do the same type of thing, bring in some excellent entertainment, and they did just that,” said board president Robert Godfrey.

Joining the Daaes this year will be the Bobby Bowen Family Band from Nashville.

Ticket sales have gone really well so far, he said. The concert was announced just recently, and so the theatre’s board wasn’t sure how many people they would attract. But they have been really happy to see that tickets are being gobbled up.

They encourage people to purchase their tickets in advance, either at Henders Drugs or on the theatre’s website, to ensure they can get a seat for the show. For last year’s concert, they had to set up extra chairs at the back.

After last year’s concert, many people were asking the theatre to bring back the Daaes.

Godfrey has seen the Daae Family previously on several occasions, but hasn’t seen the Bowens. But he has been told they play a similar type of music to the Daaes, and a good variety of music.

“You get two concerts for the price of one, you can also fit it into one evening. It’s a lot of fun, and having that many people in the theatre, it makes for an amazing atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, the mainstage musical production of Ranchers and Rustlers is drawing to a close. Godfrey described it as a fun show that has drawn good crowds and positive reviews.

“The cast is having lots of fun performing at the theatre. It’s really cool this year because they’re all brand new. None of them have performed here in the past, except for Lew (Weatherell, who plays the saloon owner).”

The final performances for Ranchers and Rustlers will be July 12 at 7:30 p.m., and July 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The other attraction booked is a concert by Alex Runions on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The theatre was hoping to bring in a short-term show, but there aren’t a lot of those productions in Western Canada this summer, he said.  

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