A Night of Laughs for a Great Cause

By Creston Rudolph

This summer has been a busy one on the site of the new North Nova SPCA located in Stellarton’s Albion Business Park. Construction has been progressing quickly on the new facility over the past couple of months. The building is looking great with trusses and sheathing completed over the shelter and the hospital, and the roof bracing completed. The community is buzzing with anticipation of the facility’s expected opening in late Spring 2024.

The North Nova campaign committee has been working diligently behind the scenes to raise funds to pay for the new facility. In addition, various community groups have stepped forward offering to help with the project.

One of these groups was the Curtain Call Players, a theatre group comprised of talented local actors and led by brilliant writer and director Colleen Hawley. For several years, they’ve partnered with local charities to help them with their fundraising efforts while entertaining the community.

The Nova Scotia SPCA and North Nova campaign committee is excited to announce that it will be partnering with the Curtain Call Players for a night of laughs at The Hockey Monologues—The Highlight Reel – Presented by Stones Superior Homes. The show is scheduled for October 20th at the North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow. All funds raised will support the new North Nova SPCA.

Written and directed by Colleen Hawley, the play is the best of It’s Not Just a Game, The Second Period, and The Final Buzzer. The show is a comical look at hockey-related situations based on things she has witnessed at the rink during the more than 20 years she’s been involved with amateur hockey.

Volunteer event organizer and North Nova campaign committee member Emma Enman is excited to be part of such an important community event and project. She said that event guests will get to learn more about the new facility and the tremendous impact it will have on families living in Northern Nova Scotia.

The Hockey Monologues fundraiser will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the new North Nova facility and how important ongoing community support is to the sustainment of the SPCA. The new facility will house a shelter, veterinary hospital, enforcement office and thrift store that will serve Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties. It will improve access to these services for generations to come.”

Emma said that spectators have lots to look forward to at the show.

“Attendees can look forward to a fantastic, hilarious show along with an auction, delicious snacks, and beverages, and of course, the feeling of fulfillment from supporting our new North Nova SPCA. It will be an entertaining evening for all!”

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the play will start at 7:00 pm. Emma encourages everyone to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the show so far. The Curtain Call Players always put on a great performance and so many people want to support the new North Nova SPCA. We hope to sell out quickly.”

For more information, to purchase tickets or to make a donation, click here.

To learn more about the North Nova SPCA, click here.

Creston Rudolph

Creston is a Development Officer with the Nova Scotia SPCA. He and his partner Terri are proud parents to a cat named Tony (Colchester SPCA alum) and two Shiba Inu dogs named Charlie and Kuma. He loves connecting with SPCA donors to thank them and to let them know how big of an impact their gifts are making.