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University of Lethbridge promises bloody good time with Carrie: The Musical

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Who would have thought Stephen King’s coming of age horror novel Carrie about a bullied girl with telekinetic powers would make a good musical? The University of Lethbridge.
The 1988 musical, Carrie: The Musical was written by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D  Cohen. A talented cast from the University of Lethbridge bring it to the University Theatre stage, Nov. 24-28.

Shelby Wilson (Sue) and Alexa Elser (Carrie) are part of Carrie the Musical, Nov. 24-28 at University Theatre. Photo by Richard Amery
“We have 30 very talented cast members, so it really is a spectacle,” said director Jay Whitehead. The cast will be backed by a seven piece pit band including keyboards, two guitar, drums and cello lead by Bente Hansen.

While Stephen King's book originally was released in 1974, the musical has been modernized to include modern technology and issues like bullying.

“I’m a huge Stephen King fan and of course a huge musical theatre fan, so when I heard it was a musical I became fascinated by it and I was really excited,” he continued.
“I wanted to do something people haven’t seen before,” he said, adding the 30 member cast is the largest he has ever worked with, including students plus community member and theatre veteran Kathy Zaborsky. Several cast members of the next New West Theatre production are also part of the show including Alexa Elser and Tom Delbello.

“I love it when I come into the room to 30 people who are really dedicated to the process. They have a great energy in the room,” he said.


Attainable Records showcases and much more this week

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There doesn’t seem to be a slow week in Lethbridge. This one is no exception. The biggest event of the week is three days of musical showcases brought to you by fledgling Lethbridge record company Attainable Records which include music for a variety of tastes.

 Attainable Records hosts a hip hop showcase at the Slice, Nov. 26 beginning at 7 p.m. with Sykologist, Pat Clifton, Pierre, PsyotaPrism return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery/ Cov Tpada, the Blue, Wade Sandu 7 p.m.. Over at the new Attainable Records headquarters (314 7th St. South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 5M2) there is a hardcore showcase  at 6 p.m. featuring Molestronaut, With Gorgon Arms, Tripwire, Snake Pit, Nail Gun, Mortality Rate.

 There are two showcases on Nov. 27 with an experimental music showcase at the Owl Acoustic Lounge  featuring  An Ant and An Atom, Vesela, Bitter Frictions and The Fox Who Slept the Day Away.

 They have a straight ahead rock showcase at their headquarters with The Heart Set, The Silkstones, Sapien, Chef, Coulee Men, The Wells, Moon Runners. That begins at 6 p.m.

 Attainable Records winds up a busy weekend with a brunch at their headquarters at 10 a.m. and the final showcase at the Slice at 7 p.m. featuring Saint St. Quartet, Baptize this Band, Bummer Club, The Wells, Accalia, The Blue, The Detractions and The Ativans.

 Admission is $10 for a pass to individual stages, $15 for the day and $30 for the weekend.
The other big event of the week takes place at the Galt Museum, Wednesday, Nov. 25 where the ACFA Reegionale de Lethbridge Coup De Couer will feature performances by local rock/ jazz/folk group the Junkman’s Quire and Sainte-Françoise de Lotbinière based alternative folk musician Salomé Leclerc. Tickets are $20 for ACFA  members, $25 adults, $25 student $10. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Wednesday is also a good night to laugh. Timmins born stand up comedian Derek Edwards, described Rick Mercer as the “funniest man in Canada” returns to the Yates Theatre, Nov. 25 as part of his Baloney and Wine tour. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45.

And after that, the Owl Acoustic Lounge stand up comedy open mic will be happening beginning around 9 p.m. with hosts Randy Webb and Jeff Gundarson.
 The big country show of the week featuring Brett Kissel and Jordan McIntosh at Average Joes, Nov. 26 is sold out.


Barra MacNeils to bring Christmas spirit to Lethbridge

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Cape Breton based family band the Barra MacNeils are excited to bring a Celtic flavour to the Christmas season in Lethbridge when they play The Yates Theatre, Nov. 28.

The Barra MacNeils come to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
“This is the fifteenth year we’ve done the Christmas tour, but I think it’s the first time we’ve brought it to Lethbridge,” said Barra MacNeils accordionist/ tin-whistle/ flautist / vocalist Stewart MacNeil from a tour stop in Cranbrook.

Three brothers Kyle ( vocals/guitar/violin/mandolin), Sheumas (keyboards, piano, bodhran, fiddle , bouzuki, vocals) and Boyd ( mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, percussion, step-dancing) and sister Lucy (vocals/bodhran/Celtic harp/step dancing) plus bassist Jamie Gatti flew out to Vancouver to begin their fifteenth annual tour on Nov. 13.

“It’s really become an amazing part of our career,“ MacNeil said.
“It's also become a tradition for a lot of families. They come and see us and bring their children. So it really is a family show,” he continued.

“It’s a combination of Christmas show and Cape Breton kitchen,” he said adding they draw material from the group’s three Christmas albums plus some beloved instrumentals and add some step dancing into the mix as well.


The Ativans part of Attainable Records showcases this week

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Calgary pop punk band the Ativans make their first visit to Lethbridge in support of their debut CD “Landlocked” as part of Attainable Records showcases this week.

 They play the wind up showcase at the Slice, Nov. 28 with the Saint. St. Quartet, Baptize the Band, Bummer Club, The Wells, Accalia, The Blue and the Detractions, who introduced them to Attainable Records.

“I was actually born in Lethbridge, so I’m pretty excited to play there,” said Ativans frontman Billy Dixon.

 The Ativans have been together since 2012., but have not played Lethbridge, though they have played Medicine Hat and Red Deer. They stick pretty close to home where there are plenty of gigs.
 “We all work full time and we play a lot here,” he said.


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