Rail museum hoping to bring in more families with events

The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel will be doing its first Dinner Theatre in March, as well as having Pro-D Day activities for students.

The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel will be doing its first Dinner Theatre later in March, as well as having some fun Pro-D Day activities for students on their day off.

Damon Colgan, executive director of the museum, said the dinner theatre is about bringing in more families.

The dinner theatre is called ‘The Belle of the Ball.’

“We will have a dinner and we’re working with some local actors and so they are going to be doing the story of Beauty and the Beast,” Colgan said.

It will run March 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It’s $15 per person.

“It’s just kind of a fun event and we will have some raffles going off related to Beauty and the Beast as well,” he said.

The idea for the dinner theatre’s theme came from the entrance music at the museum.

“We have this classic music playing, and I would think to myself, ‘That music makes me think of something,’ and it made me think of Beauty and the Beast,” he said. “It’s in the Royal Alexandra Hall — a really glamorous room.”

He thought something related to Beauty and the Beast would work great in that elegant and beautiful room. Then he went and talked to some of the local actors to see if they would be interested in being involved.

There will also be a Pro-D Day event for the kids on Friday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., called “On the Move with Transportation.” There will be activities throughout the day for kids. The day is for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 7. Cost is $30 per child.

“We’re trying to get more families in, as this hasn’t been a place historically for families,” Colgan said. “We’re trying to get them in and interacting and learning about rail travel and other forms of transportation.”

If you have questions about either event call the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at 250-489-3918.