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Plethora of plays, comedy and food bank fundraisers this week

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 There is pop, fundraisers and plenty of plays happening this week.

Things start off slow as usual with an open mic at the Owl Acoustic lounge tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 7.

  The Owl Acoustic Lounge has an eclectic week.

The Owl Acoustic lounge features a jazz jam with Ryan Hesltine on Thursday, Feb. 8.


Paul Kype and Texas Flood play Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

 They host an I Heart Valentines Market  at 6 p.m. on Thursday followed by Soulful Vibes Afrobeat with Omo Oba.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes country with Willy Big Bull band and Desert Orchid on Friday, Feb. 10. 


 Unfortunately Bands as bands Punk Adjacent edition has been cancelled for Saturday. But there is still plenty of punk on the bill as they host an  AES (U of L Audio Engineering Society) fundraiser featuring Open Channels, Lady Grime and Stirling. Admission is $15.


Around the corner, Pro-Amateur night returns to Good Times on Thursday, so get some early weekend laughs as seasoned performers and newcomers take the stage with their best jokes beginning at 7 p.m.. Admission is five dollars. Lebanese comedian Malik Elassal performs at Good Times, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $14.95

 Two plays open this week. Playgoers of Lethbridge continue their 100th anniversary celebration with the Play that Goes Wrong, opening tonight, Feb. 7 and running until Saturday, Feb. 11.

 The U of L brings popular children’s story “ The Little Prince” to life at University Theatre with an eclectic, multi-disciplinary  staging of the story.

 It runs Feb. 10-18.


 Hatrix Theatre is bringing back Larry Shue’s comedy “ the Foreigner” in May, but auditions are today, Feb. 7 from 6-9 p.m. at Casa.

 And, just announced, Impromptu hosts a drop- in  improv session at Didi’s Playhaus, Thursday, Feb. 9. So come on in and join the fun. It won’t cost you none. The laughs begin at 7 p.m.

Honkers Pub welcomes new host  Kyle Bische for their open mic on Friday Night and host Cal Toth and Anna McBryan’s Duelling Pianos back to the stage on Saturday , Feb. 11. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.


If you missed Paul Kype and Steve Keenan at Honkers Pub  on Friday, they are at Casino Lethbridge on Friday and Saturday, celebrating Greg Gomola’s  50th birthday. Paul Kype and Texas Flood play another show on Saturday, Feb. 11.


University of Lethbridge exploring “The Little Prince” for massive mainstage production

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The University of Lethbridge is combining the efforts of several different departments to reimagine popular children’s story “The Little Prince.”

Sarah Barker and Jonas Swain rehearse for the U of L's production of the Little Prince. photo by Richard Amery


The University of Lethbridge’s production, adapted by director Nicola Elson French author and aristocrat Antoine de Saint-Expuéry’s popular children’s book “The Little Prince” runs from Feb. 10-18 in the University Theatre.


The Little Prince tells the story of a world-weary aviator whose plane crashes, stranding him in the middle of the Sahara Desert. He awakes the next morning to the voice of the Little Prince, “Please, draw me a sheep.”


Will Thomson rehearses for the U of L's production of the Little Prince. photo by Richard Amery

As the Little Prince’s curiosity takes them further on their journey together, the pilot learns of the tiny planet from which the prince has come and of his wondrous travels among the stars. The show combines elements of the new media, drama and music department.


“I’ve really enjoyed being part of a large production. There’s puppetry and shadow theatre which I’ve never worked with before,” said Jonas Swain, who plays the Geographer.


“ It’s such a big production. There’s someone on a 12 foot pair of stilts. There are so many angles to the production,” he continued.


“ I love the dance of the Bayobabs,” Swain said.

“It’s been interesting. It’s based on a children’s book, but it also explores the circle of life and death,” said Will Thomson who plays the Aviator and who narrates much of the show.


Playgoers of Lethbridge promises lots of laughs in the Play That Goes Wrong

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Playgoers of Lethbridge begins celebrating it’s hundredth anniversary with an award winning comedy “ The Play That Goes Wrong,” Feb. 7-11 at the Yates Theatre.



 The long standing theatre company marked the inaugural meeting of the group, which happened Jan. 20 at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church , with an open house Jan. 20 at St. Augustines, but they are getting geared up for a busy 2023 with a production of Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shield’s backstage farce.


“It’s still running  in London and on Broadway,” said director and Playgoers of Lethbridge president  Elaine Jagielski.


 “ The Play that Goes Wrong,” is described as a “ hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes” as the cast and crew stage a production of  1920s murder mystery “Murder at Haversham Manor,” in which everything that can possibly go wrong, goes wrong and then some including a corpse that can’t play dead, an unconscious leading lady and a cast that trips on everything including their lines.


“It’s a play within a play. It’s farcical. It takes place on a set. It’s like backstage farces like ‘Noises Off!’ but you don’t really see what is happening backstage, though there are glimpses,” Jagielski continued, noting it has won several awards including Best New Comedy 2015 Laurence Olivier award. It also won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design.

“ It is a bit of a challenge. The set is like a ninth character. It’s an entity unto itself,” said Jagielski who is excited to welcome several new faces to Playgoers for this production.

“ We have some new faces. It’s first time on stage for some of them,” Jagielski said.


The cast features Playgoers of Lethbridge veteran Shelly David who

saw the play on Broadway and  pitched the idea to Playgoers. 

“ I saw it in 2017 on Broadway in New York City. I got a workout, I was laughing so hard in my seat. It was so funny, ” said Shelly David, who plays Annie the stage manager.


 “So I brought it to Playgoers,” she continued, adding she is enjoying working with the cast and crew.


Hatrix Theatre revisiting The Foreigner with auditions in February

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Hatrix Theatre is stepping back in time this spring as they revisit Larry Shue‘s comedy  “the Foreigner” this spring.


Auditions for the show will take place Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Casa or by contacting director Karolyn Harker at 403-327-2790 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are unable to attend.

The show will take place May 10-13 at McNally Arts Centre just outside of Lethbridge.

 The Foreigner was first performed in January 1983.


“It takes place in the early ’80s in Georgia. British soldier Froggie arrives at a backwoods, rural fishing lodge with his friend Charlie. Froggie is a soldier who is here to teach demolitions. Charlie comes along because his wife left him. But he’s feeling to overwrought to talk to any of the guests,” described Harker.


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