Meet the Street
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Paul Punyi as Father Lacombe beckons fellow actors — Matthew Punyi as Sam Cunningham, Mayor Nolan Crouse as Fleuri Perron, Maureen Rooney, the playwright and director, Lauren Boyd as Alice Giroux, Matt Chaney as Louis Riel, and Cameron Menzies as Lorne Akins — to hop on board the bus to be transported back in time for the premiere production of Meet the Street, a made-in-St. Albert play that brings our history to the streets!
By Margaret Plain
A unique opportunity was created to view a series of vignettes (small plays) where local actors became the “people” for whom some streets have been named in St. Albert.
Who do we have to thank for this wonderful opportunity? Another great question!
Maureen Rooney and Paul Punyi, otherwise known as Rooney and Punyi, research, write and perform educational theatre. Meet the Street is their brainchild. The 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee and staff helped it happen — along with a number of actors, volunteers, sponsors, St. Albert Transit, some City staff — you get the picture.
How did it happen?
Well ... on June 12, 2011 about 265 people arrived at the Servus Credit Union Place parking lot, abandoned their vehicles and climbed aboard a City bus which delivered them to 8 different streets where they met: Chief Poundmaker, Louis Riel, Mrs. Alice Giroux, Lorne Akins, Sam Cunningham, Bishop Grandin, Fleuri Perron and Father Albert Lacombe. With the exception of Father Lacombe, whom we met at St. Albert Parish, we were greeted at each historical figures’ namesake street.
It was wonderful. In a short period of time (due to the careful research about each person) we were moved back in time to better understand the often conflicting perspectives on issues facing each character.What a wonderful way to acquire a new vision of our early community history. During our bus rides, the hosts on each bus were able to provide additional tidbits of information.
For the grand finale, we met Father Lacombe at the Parish Church — at the Grotto. When we arrived we enjoyed bannock and lemonade on the lawn while listening to Father Lacombe. Then there were a few speeches, focusing on the many well-deserved “thanks” — that are now repeated — thank you to everyone who participated!
St. Albert celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary this year.Is your organization or family having a major anniversary in 2011? Send us the details and we’ll include it on our website’s anniversary calendar.
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Hey kids! Are you a budding artist?
Cultivate your skills and celebrate St. Albert. Bring your drawings of St. Albert to our office at 109B, 50 St. Thomas Street. You will receive a free St. Albert 150th Anniversary logo sling bag and your art will appear on our website. Children 10 and under only, please. One bag per child.