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Auditions this week for Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer production of A Twelfth Night

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society are revisiting Shakespeare’s comedy A Twelfth Night , for their thirteenth season, 10 years after they first performed it in 2014.


Actors of all ages are welcome to audition for one of 15-20 roles.


 Auditions are  March 1 and 2 with callbacks happening March 3.

 University of Lethbridge grad and Playgoers of Lethbridge/ Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society veteran Cole Fetting is excited to direct his first show with the troupe with his mentor Sharon Peat.

“She taught me drama in high school.  She has done a lot of productions for m LCI, New West Theatre and Chinook High. And she and I have a lot of similar ideas. So we got to talking about them and presented it to the board and they approved it,” Fetting enthused, adding the play will be set in Shakespearean  times.


“I’m a big fan of classical Shakespeare. Though I really enjoy it when people set it in other eras,” he continued.   


“ We had a lot of requests from people for A Twelfth Night, who said they regretted not seeing it the first time we did it,” he continued.

A Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy believed to have been written by Shakespeare around 1601-2 for the close of the Christmas season.

It is about twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated  by a shipwreck. In her search for her brother, Viola disguises herself as a man  called Cesario and falls in love with Duke Orsinio who falls in love with Countess Olivia.


New West Theatre focuses on the music for Legends of Rock and Country

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New West Theatre’s music comedy revue Legends of Rock and Country will emphasize the music.

 The new show runs at the Yates Theatre from Feb. 15-25.


Legends of Rock and Country features some familiar faces including. Alinafe Lupwayi, Devon Brayne, Erica Hunt, Katie Fellger, Scott Carpenter, Kathy Zaborsky, Keenan Pezderic, Scott Mezei and new performer from Calgary, Ray Val.  Music director/ keyboardist Kathy Zaborsky’s husband Tyson Maiko  will be playing bass for this show.


“He’s a great bass player and  they don’t get to perform together too often,” said Director Kelly Reay, who is excited about the show.


“We wanted to do something a little different, so we‘re focusing on the tribute part of the show  and a handful of interpretations. But most of  it will be tribute with the cast dressing up as the  performers ” he continued, noting Devon Brayne will be reprising his Johnny Cash performance, which is only one of the many highlights of the show.


Playgoers of Lethbridge bring a slice of Canadiana to the stage with curling comedy Hurry Hard

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Playgoers of Lethbridge  are ready to “Hurry Hard” at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Feb. 7-10. So sweep up your tickets at the Enmax  or Yates Theatre box office and get in the house as this new Canadian play will rock and make you laugh, so you’d better not skip it.

Noc Barker and Trevor Loman rehearse Hurry Hard. Photo by Richard Amery

 “You don’t have to understand curling to  enjoy the play,” said director Greg Wolcott, who makes his directing debut with Playgoers of Lethbridge.

He is enjoying  directing Kristen DaSilva’s comedy which he described as a “slice of Canadian life” about a group of friends who want to win one last  bonspiel before their club closes.

The play is about a couple Bill and Sandy, whose curling team splits up along with their marriage.

 But they reconcile for one last bonspiel.


“The couple have been divorced for seven years. And one of the characters has never won a bonspiel so he really wants to win one before the club closes,” Wolcott said

“Hurry Hard” was first  produced in 2019.


“It takes place in Ontario, but it could be any small town in Canada,” Wolcott said.


“It all takes place on the second floor of a curling club. The audience  is the ice they’re looking down at, so that’s a neat concept that breaks the fourth wall,” he said. 

“Hurry Hard stars some familiar faces including Trevor Loman, Teresa Huszar, plus Jason Lisburn, Genevieve  Saunders and Nic Barker.


New West Theatre’s Elf: the Musical is heartfelt holiday fun

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 The Enmax Centre and New West Theatre’s  winter production of Elf: The Musical features some familiar faces doing something a little different for the long standing theatre troupe’s annual holiday show.


  The cast including New West mainstays Erica Hunt, Scott Carpenter, Katie Fellger, to name a few, join familiar faces from the local theatre community like Ash Thomson, Jillian Bracken, Chris Kyle Peterson,

Chris Kyle Peterson, Scott Carpenter and Erica Hunt playing elves in Elf; The Musical. Photo by Richard amery

 Jesse Thibert and Dave Mikuliak and veteran actors like Jeff Carlson,  to put on the holiday show of the season. It is not just about Christmas, it is about the longing for family and connection.


 Elf: The Musical is about Buddy, a baby who hitched a ride in Santa’s bag , went to the North Pole and was raised by Elves. When he grows up and realizes he is in fact a human and not an elf, hilarity ensues as his childlike enthusiasm and naïveté leads him into all kinds of adventures as he travels to New York to meet his real father and brings everybody a whole lot of much needed fun and Christmas spirit in the process as he discovers what it is like to live as a human.  


Elf: The Musical pretty much perfectly apes Elf the modern day Christmas classic movie, scene for scene. There is a more music than the movie of course and a few scenes and special effects from the movie are absent.


 New West welcomes back  Kevin Owen Clarke ( who performed in New West productions of  Million Dollar Quartet and Next to Normal) to play Buddy the  Elf and his crush Jovie, played by Alexa Elser who had performed in many New West productions before moving to Calgary.


Clarke‘s natural  exuberance and enthusiasm shines through and is a beautiful contrast to Alexa Elser’s world wearied, cynical New Yorker Jovie.

 Erica Hunt is alternately hilarious and touching as she plays mom Emily. 


 She sings a couple beautiful duets with her “son” Ben Vassell, but also gets to cut loose on a couple other soulful numbers.

 They also have a talented young cast including Ben Vassell who plays Buddy’s half brother Michael.


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