History of town comes to stage March 4 – for free

Theatre Centre Wellington and Fergus 175 are pre­senting a special public per­for­mance of Something A-boot Fergus, an original play about the founding of the town.
The special free show is scheduled for March 4 at 7pm at Centre Wellington District High School, as a celebration of Fergus’ 175th anniversary.
Researched, written and performed by grade 11 drama students from the school, the play tells the story of the early days of Fergus from the first en­counters between French mis­sionaries and the Neutral Nation, through the emigration of the first Scottish settlers inspired by Adam Fergusson, and their encounter with the black settlement of Richard Pierpoint.
The play is a fun, energetic, and modern-styled production featuring Braden Alexander, Becky Branton, Katee Brough, Jordan Dykstra, Ashley Gold­smith, Brianna Hastie, Rachel Lehman, Derek McGill, Alex McGregor, Shannon Rawn, and Mark Snetzko. Live violin music is performed by Gene­vieve Shave. The show is directed by teacher Glenn Mc­Ginnis and produced by Alex Abel.
Commissioned by the Fergus 175 steering committee, Something A-boot Fergus has been performed for school and local audiences, and was featured at the Wellington County Museum and Archives’ recent Heritage Day, where it drew an enthusiastic response from an big crowd in the ex­hibit hall.
The special public perfor­mance is an introduction to a year of events and activities cele­brating the 175th anni­versary of the town’s founding in 1833. A five-day home­coming-style celebration has been scheduled leading up to Can­ada Day, featuring a down­town art walk event, Doors Open Fergus, a concert in the park, and more events being planned by a group of volun­teers.
Other activities, including a late-fall gala celebration, are in the process of being developed. The 175th anniversary began with a successful First Night celebration New Year’s Eve, which attracted hundreds of peo­ple to downtown Fergus to ring in the anniversary year.