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Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society bringing Hamlet to Lethbridge venues

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance.  Society  gave a preview of this summer’s production of Hamlet  at the Grand opening of  Festival Square, next to Telegraph and across from the SAAG.

 

Jesse Thibert (Hamlet) and Ben McLuskey (Horatio) perform a scene from this summer’s production of hamlet  at Festival Square, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery

 Producer Kate Connolly is excited to bring Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy to stagers all over the city this summer.

 

Darryl Croft (Ghost)  performs a scene from this summer’s production of hamlet  at Festival Square, June 22. Photo by Richard Amery

“This is our eleventh year and we were able to do this throughout Covid,” Connolly said before the show.

 

 While  the local thespians usually concentrate on the comedies, they have explored some of Shakespeare’s tragedies including Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth and the Tempest .

 Connolly is excited to have a full slate of shows and new venues for this year.

 

“We have 17 shows this summer, which is the most we’ve ever done,” Connolly said, noting most of the July shows will be outside Casa on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m..as part of Upside Downtown. 

 

They also have three shows at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Galt Gardens, Legacy Park and road trips to the Historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod,  Coutts Centre outside Nanton and the Venue in High River.

 

“We’re very excited to be part of the very popular Upside Downtown concert  series ,” Connolly said.

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Rebel Priest ready to raise hell in Lethbridge

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Vancouver’s Rebel Priest  are stoked about their latest EP “ Lesson In Love” and their upcoming visit toTheoretically Brewing with Deadwolff and Local rock band Hell Diablo, June 30.

Rebel Priest play Lethbridge, June 30. Photo submitted

“ We’re stoked about visiting Theoretically Brewing,” said Rebel Priest bassist/ vocalist Jayme Black.

 

 Rebel Priest released their  first EP in 2017.

 

“We got together in 2014, just playing together. We were all in other bands, but decided to focus on Rebel Priest for the past four years,” he said.

 

 Though  the new EP  wasn’t officially released un til Friday, June 24, he said audiences are already responding to it.

 

“It‘s the best one we’ve released so far and people really seem to like it,” Black said, addinghe is alway excited to tout with Deadwolff.

 

“ We’re stoked about that. We’ll show them the west then we’ll go out east,” he said adding they share Deadwolff]s love for ’80s rock.

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Deadwolff bringing in new wave of ’80s hard rock to Lethbridge

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Toronto based new wave of hard rock band Deadwollff are taking life easy, at least until they hit the stage, on a  quick tour with Vancouver’s Rebel Priest, which stops by Lethbridge to rock Theoretically Brewing , June 30.

Deadwolff, Tommy Wolffe (Bass. Vocals), Bobby Deuce (Guitar), Angus Pike (Drums)
 play Theoretically Brewing, June 30. Photo by Megan Kay

“We’ve been driving for three days. We’re parked by a river. It’s so  beautiful .The mountains are out of this world,” said laid back bassist/vocalist Thomas Wolffe, noting they were  on their own eastern tour since April.

“We’re very just excited to be playing”he continued.

 

They are supporting their self titled EP, which they released last year on Los Angeles based label  Metal Assault Records and Toronto based Boonsdale Records, which will also be releasing their full length  record early next year.

“We’ll be playing  a full set. We’ll be playing  the EP songs and a handful from the new record. When We go to a show we want to see a show. We don’t want to see a snoozer. So there will be a lot of moving around,” he said.

 

Deadwolff draws a lot of inspiration of early ’80s hard rock like April Wine and Triumph, though those bands predate Deadwolff by a few years.

 

“We love Triumph. There was always a lot of tTriumph being played by our parents. We just love ’80s hard rock. We just like the feel of it all and it’s music you can bop your head too,” Wolff said.

 

 They ’80s feel continues right on down to the physical format they release their music.— cassettes.

“All the cassettes  of the EP are sold out. I love cassettes.They’re the simplest format. They’re easier to store than records,” he said.

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More festival fun and a lot of rock and roll and roots happening this week

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There are festivals and then some this week, which hopefully won’t get rained out.

 

 The first big festival is  a three-day long festival opening the newly renovated  Festival square downtown outside of Telegraph Taphouse.

Cope play a couple of shows this week. Photo by Richard Amery

 The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. with the grand ceremony, followed by  Blackfoot drumming featuring  Big Sorrell Horse. There will be an array of entertainment  including Katie Bruised Head and White Buffalo singers, Celtic Routes, the conservatory, Patrick Bad Eagle and the Northstone drum group, highland dancing,  a preview of Shakespeare in the park’s summer  production of Hamlet and Theatre Outré.

 The festival continues the next day with the downtown farmer’s market with the Tell it Like it Is. Poets, Stephanie Brave Rock, Rudy Strangling Wolf, the Little Lethbridge Opera  Co plus classical guitarist Dale Ketcheson, the Chinook High Rock band and the New Testaments winding hip the day at 8 p.m.

 Festival square family  fun continues on Friday at 1 p.m. with Heros and Princesses, JJ First Charger, Sheldon Day Chief and Dancers, Indigidrip,, Lethbridge Musical Theatre’s/Playgoers of Lethbridge One Act Play Priscilla  Pringle’s Predicament and Makiisma at 7 p.m. 

If you missed Kirbfest on the weekend, a lot of familiar faces from it return for Friday on Festival Square including the band Formerly Known as Karen Lewis and Pam, a preview of Hootenanny, Willy Big Bull and John Wort Hannam.

 

 The Rotary Dragon Boat Festival begins on Friday, June 24 at Henderson Lake park at 5 p.m. with Dusty  Dee Litchfield, followed by opening ceremonies, the Chinook high School band, Lethbridge Community Taiko Association. Local classic rock favourites the Chevelles  rock the stage at 8 :15 p.m. ad finish off the night at 10 p.m.

 

The Rotary Dragon boat Festival continues on Saturday, June 25 with  Standard Time jazz followed by the Rose ceremony at noon, followed by bluesman Eric Braun, Expressions Dance Studio, classic rock band  Horizon, The Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Club, DanAllie, Global Drums, Coda Blues, Rebel Angels playing their favourites from the ’50s, a line dance lesson and demo and  country band Coyote Junction closing off the main stager at 9:30 p.m.

 

 Folk duo Reid and Writes open up the Rotary Dragon boat Festival at 11 a.m., June 26 followed by the Lethbridge Highland Dancing association, local Celtic band Celtic Routes, the country rockers Mark Hall band, classic rockers  Old School and country rock band Lawless Murphy finishing off the festival at 4:30 p.m.

 

It is Pride week, so there are  quite a few activities celebrating Pride  beginning with Queer Improv at Good Times, on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Erica Barr, Mark Ogle, Katie Fellger, Brent Clark and Nicola Elson will be performing all your favourite improv games. Admission is $15.

 

 Slice hosts a unique event, Friday, June 24 with Fetish Friday, which is a fundraiser for OUTreach.. Admission is a minimum $15 donation. Click on L.A. Beat’s listing for details.

 

 The 14th annual Pride in the Park is at Galt Gardens on Saturday, June 25 with a variety of performers ranging from drag to rap to country. Some highlights include Shaela Miller, Calgary musicians the Corey Hotline and Katie Winds and rappers  Thug Shells. There will be free faceprinting and  the Hibikaya drummers as well.

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