STAGES students made a production out of their first-ever cookie bake-off at the Glenwood Centre on Sunday, Dec. 17. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

STAGES students present Christmas cookie bake-off

Student-organized fundraising event draws support from Port Alberni

STAGES Youth Theatre is putting together a theatre tour of London in 2019. The group already has a few fundraisers planned to raise funds for the trip, including sales of British chocolate bars, but on Sunday, Dec. 17, STAGES students came up with a unique fundraising idea: a Christmas cookie bake-off.

“It’s Christmas, everyone loves cookies at Christmas,” said Kendra Neary on Sunday.

The event was entirely student-organized, according to parent volunteer Vanessa Schoen. It featured gift-wrapping elves, Santa and Mrs. Claus posing for photos with kids and plenty of Christmas carols.

Participants could enter by donation and try out cookies baked by different members of the community.

“It took about a month,” said Gabrielle Eyford. “We had meetings to put everything together.”

STAGES After School Drama Program is a weekly theatre program designed by Portal Players alumni that helps develop skills both on and off the stage in a working theatre environment.

Schoen said she was pleased with how the bake-off went on Sunday.

“It was the first year,” she said. “We’ve already been asked to do it again.”

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