The Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts will hold a fundraiser performance this weekend to help raise funds for a new roof
For more than 40 years, the Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts have been entertaining the region.
Now they’ll be entertaining for a cause as ITOPA will host their third event in the FUNdRAISE the ROOF Oct. 13 and 14. The Saturday show starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the Sunday show has doors open at 1 p.m. and the show beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26 per night.
The two nights will feature a variety show, “Up On The Roof” that will have Marque, the Ingersoll Pipe Band, the Southern Ontario Ukulele Players, Chloe Weir and Mayor Ted Comiskey perform.
“People can expect an old time variety show with lots of different acts,” Ian Moyer, the show’s producer, said. “Kind of like the old Ed Sullivan Show. There’s lot of music and laughter for the whole family to enjoy.”
Money raised from the two nights will go to help cover costs to replace the roof. After two previous events, they’re at about $20,000, with at least $30,000 needed to complete the job but it could go as high as $40,000.
“We’re pretty confident we can get there, but it’d be nice to have extra help from the community,” Jim Konopetski, ITOPA’s publicity director, said. “It’s been very good. There’s been lots of support for the first two nights and again for the upcoming one.”
ITOPA is now in its 43rd season after first forming in 1976. They moved into their building in 1980 and bought the Park Place Theatre in 1991 with help from the ministry of Culture and Communication. They’ve renovated the lobby, added new seating, improved sound and lighting along with a hearing assist and stairlift system.
“We’re proud to bring a jam packed 43rd season to Ingersoll and surrounding area,” Moyer said. “We’ve lasted so long thanks to the countless volunteers donating their time and talents. In fact, everyone involved in our organization is a volunteer. And, of course, the tremendous community support has really allowed us to thrive.”
The fundraising effort will see two more events in December and May to help make up the rest of the difference.
Konopetski said ITOPA’s thankful for all the support they’ve received during the process and are anxious to entertain the crowds this upcoming weekend.
“We’re tremendously grateful. The theatre’s been around for 43 years and we have tremendous support from local businesses and many local volunteers. It means so much,” he said. “Without the support we wouldn’t have the theatre to put on these wonderful performances all the time. It means everything to us.”
IF YOU GO
What: Up On The Roof variety show
Where: Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts
When: Oct. 13 and 14
Why: To help raise funds to put a new roof on the theatre
How much: $26 and can be purchased at www.itopa.ca or by calling 519-485-3070.