The Rossland Light Opera Players are still hoping that whoever took the funds at the Nov. 12 show at the Miners’ Hall will return the money.
So far, Dawn Graham, presidetn of the organization said there hasn’t been much for information coming back.
“I haven’t had any responses from the sources I’ve contacted yet,” Graham said, despite announcing a plea in the local papers, on Bhubble and the opera’s membership.
Though she has heard a number of people express sympathy for the society, which is not-for-profit.
Graham said there is a RCMP investigation looking into it, but that if the person anonymously puts the money in an envelope and deposits it at the Credit Union, no questions will be asked.
“Nobody has to even know that they did it, with any luck it will appeal to somebody’s conscience.,” Graham hopes.
She said that putting the dinner theatre together is a lot of work, so to have the money disappear like that is discouraging.
“You just turn your back for a few minutes because you’re busy doing everything else to get the show ready and get people settled and happy and then that happens,” she said. “We have no idea who could have done it. People are surprised because Rossland’s a small community and they can’t believe someone would do that in the community.”
Though it’s upsetting, it won’t be stopping the next show.
The society is already beginning work on their mainstay show Pride and Prejudice.
“It’s still full-steam ahead, like I said it has to carry on – the show must go on, but it would be nice if somebody actually came forward,” she said.
RLOP depends on the money for the upcoming show, with the fall show being a major fundraiser for the mainstay show.
There are caterers, bartenders and other expenses.
“They made off with the entire proceeds from the ticket sales, and we had a full house,” Graham said. And if that’s not bad enough, they still need to find the money to pay the caterer. She said that after what happened the caterer is not excited about presenting the bill.
“They feel horrible, because they still have to give us the bill,” she said, adding that that’s there way of making a living.