News Parents form theatre group in West Nipissing SHARE ON: Rocco Frangione, staff Friday, Feb. 22nd, 2019 A group of mothers in West Nipissing have come together and formed an entertainment group they call the West Nipissing Dream Catchers Theatre. Spokeswoman Patricia Morin says the parents decided to form the theatre group so kids have something to do. She says there are plenty of sports for kids but adds not every person is athletic. Dream Catchers Theatre is designed to fill that gap. Morin says the group will host its first play in October which is a musical called Annie Junior and includes dancing. She says auditions will be held in a couple of months. Morin says the play has about 40 to 50 acting roles. However, the organizers aren’t looking only for actors. “There are backdrops that need to be done,” Morin said. “There are opportunities to learn how to direct, working the lights and stage.” Morin says Annie Junior, which will be performed in English, is the only production Dream Catchers will put on this year. However, the plan is to put two plays together next year with one in English and the other in French. As for Annie Junior, Morin says the group can use volunteers to help with the singing and dancing. Morin says the goal is for Dream Catchers to apply for non-profit status which makes it eligible to apply for grants. However, that’s an eight-month process so the newly formed group has to carry out several fundraising drives to prepare for the fall play. One effort is to have water bottles at businesses with the group’s logo clearly displayed asking people to leave behind their loose change. A door-to-door drive is also in the works asking for loose change. Morin says the group calls the drive Change for a Change. A spaghetti dinner is planned March 31at the Legion and June 29th will see the group take part in a craft sale. Morin says what’s needed is for people to help make crafts that can then be sold. Meanwhile, Northern has donated its school theatre to Dream Catchers where the young actors can practice their lines and routines. The group has created a Facebook page at West Nipissing Dream Catchers where people can get more information and indicate their willingness to volunteer.