He may have a big red nose – at least every once in a while – but Jamie Murphy doesn’t have a cold.
What the Heatherton Group Home resident has is as an important role in the upcoming holiday show – The Homemade Gift – which will be staged this Friday (Dec. 1) at the Heatherton Community Center.
For one of the tunes – a reindeer rap – Murphy will be Rudolph, the most famous of Santa’s transportation herd.
“Yeah,” he said, with the widest of smiles, when asked if they were having fun during a recent rehearsal break.
Jessica Gillis, another group home resident, added she loves singing, as her cast mates nodded in agreement.
This is the third year Heatherton Group Home has presented a special gift of holiday cheer, which serves as not only a fundraiser, but also – just as principally – a ‘thank you’ to the community for its support.
“I think so – for sure,” home director Connie DeCoffe said, with a laugh, when asked if the residents were having fun with the experience.
She talked about the genesis of the annual holiday celebration, which started as a shared fundraiser with the Heatherton Community Center. In the first two years, the center received proceeds from a silent auction, while the group home garnered monies from show admission.
This year, DeCoffe noted, there will be no silent auction. Once again, admission proceeds will go to the group home, which are earmarked for special trips throughout the year. Over the first couple years, residents have visited locations, such as Upper Clements Park and Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.
“They have a great time,” she said, while agreeing such travels would not be possible without the monies raised from the show.
Residents and their supporters, including musicians, have been rehearsing for the big night over the past few weeks.
“It is something that they really look forward to,” DeCoffe said, in referencing the excitement of residents with the process, describing it as a “time to share.”
She reiterated the show serves as a ‘thank you’ from residents to their neighbours and community.
Along with the on-stage performance, the audience will have the opportunity to win door prizes and purchase 50-50 tickets.
Tickets for The Homemade Gift, which are $10 and $5 (12 and under), are available at the Heatherton Group Home and Brosha’s Short Stoppe in Lower South River, along with show night, at the door.
Showtime is 7 p.m.