Accused of harbouring aliens, Mayor John Bowler was “abducted” as night fell over the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder building carpark on Wednesday night.
With his hands pinned behind his back, three men in black bundled Mr Bowler into the back of a car and drove him downtown.
Hustled through the streets of Boulder and into the Stage Left Theatre, Mr Bowler was sat down for some serious questioning by the trio as they tried to track down extraterrestrial threats.
The harmless but bold stunt was pulled off by Stage Left in a bid to thank the mayor for an injection of funds into the theatre troupe and to promote the group’s upcoming production — Third Rock from the Sun.
The COVID-19 crisis brought the troupe’s income streams to a screeching halt with cancelled shows.
Stage Left acting youth director Mitchell Walker said if it had not been for the City’s support through its COVID-19 relief fund, the future of the theatre would have been in doubt.
“It was just what we needed to keep us open — we were sweating bullets for a little while there,” he said.
“In particular, it has taken a lot of stress off because people are still very unsure about going out, so this has been pretty instrumental in ensuring Stage Left stays around.
“Huge, huge props to the mayor for putting that forward.
“Absolutely monumental — it was really big of him to do that.”
To double down on the generosity, Mr Bowler agreed to the abduction, humouring the club the City had helped keep alive. Walker said the olive branch was a show of support for the arts community.
“Seeing the mayor agreed to our shenanigans shows the community still really cares about arts, and that Stage Left is valued,” he said.
“It goes to show what is happening — even though things might be slow — isn’t unappreciated or unwanted.
“Arts is still valued and it is still important to the community and culture in Kalgoorlie- Boulder.”
The grant will be spent on “survival costs” including insurance, power and basic operational costs.