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Plays needed for One Act Play Festival

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After a two year  hiatus due to Covid, Playgoers of Lethbridge  is pleased to  bring back the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA)  One Act Play Festival. But they need a few more  submissions  to do it. 

The annual  celebration of plays, is scheduled to happen at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Friday May 13 and Saturday, May 14.


“ We had to cancel the 2020 and 2019 festivals so we’ve lost a lot of momentum,” said Playgoers of Lethbridge artistic director Rita Peterson and Chinook Region ADFA representative, noting they only have one submission so far. Mary -Lynn Muhly is directing a Playgoers of Lethbridge favourite “ Priscilla Pringle’s Predicament,”  penned by Ed Bayly.


 “She has a really great cast, so I really want to see it,” Peterson said, adding they need  at least two plays to  hold the competition.


 The deadline is April 1, but it is flexible.


One Act plays from 10 to 60 minutes of all styles and genres are welcome including original scripts.


Peterson noted  the One Act Play Festival is an excellent  opportunity  for playwrights and actors to show their work and be adjudicated. They haven”t chosen an adjudicator yet.



Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society serving up Hamlet this summer

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To go or not to go, that is the question. This summer go to the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s upcoming production of Hamlet on several different venues.

 Director Shelley Scott just finished  casting this year’s production of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy.


Hamlet stage manager Melissa Caddick  and director Shelley Scott. Photo by Richard Amery

“We had a lot of women audition this year, so there may be some cross casting,” said director Shelley Scott, noting it will be a traditional interpretation of Hamlet.

“Usually Hamlet is set in Renaissance England, but ours will take place in medieval Denmark,” she continued.


“Kate (Connolly, artistic director) did a great job of abridging the play. She’s cut it down  into an hour and a half. Our aim is to make it fast and exciting,” she said, adding while  The Lethbridge Performance Society usually does comedies, this year they are doing one of Shakespeare’s best known tragedies.


Conner Christmas bringing laughs to back to Lethbridge

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Calgary based comedian Conner Christmas returns to Lethbridge next week for three headlining shows.


Conner Christmas is returning to Lethbridge with laughter. Photo by Richard Amery

 Christmas, who moved to Calgary after graduating from the University of Lethbridge in 2012.


Christmas is excited to be back in Lethbridge.


“ I’ve been back a  couple of times to host or open a couple of events at Good Times, but they’re only 15-20 minutes. These are my first  headlining shows here and they’re about 45 minutes,” Christmas said.

“I tell a lot of personal life stories and a lot about being a queer/ bisexual comedian in Alberta. But in a few words, it’s stories and personal experiences,” he said.


The Sissy Duckling shows different is good

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The Sissy Duckling is finally ready to fly.

Theatre Outré presents the long delayed production of the Sissy Duckling, Feb. 26-March 5 in the Casa community room.

Nicola Elson adapted Harvey Fierstein’s children’s book into a musical.

Rylan Kunkel, Devon Brayne, Erica Barr and Shannon  Murphy  star in The Sissy Duckling. Photo by Richard Amery


“It’s an original musical based on  Harvey Fierstein’s popular children’s book,” summarized Theatre Outré artistic director Jay Whitehead, adding  it is about a duckling who doesn’t fit in with the other ducklings.


“He likes to sing, he likes to dance, he likes to bake and because of that, he’s treated poorly by the other ducklings.


  The show has been postponed twice because of Covid, the only actor not able to participate this time from the original cast was Greg Wilson. The show features several familiar faces, including New West Theatre veterans Rylan Kunkel and Devon Brayne, who was recruited to fill Wilson’s spot as well as Theatre Outré veteran Erica Barr and Calgary actress Shannon Murphy.


 “ It was supposed to run in March 2020 before everything happened,” Whitehead said.


“So we’re excited to welcome everybody,” Whitehead said.


White said the play is the centre piece of a trimmed down Quaint, Quirky and Queer.

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