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New West to let their freak flags fly for Nightlife Cabaret

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New West  Theatre is excited to “ Let  their freak flags fly,” with the long awaited return of  their “Nightlife” cabaret, Feb. 23, 24 and the gala performance, Feb. 25 in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.

 As the Feb. 23, and 24 shows are already sold out, the audiences are eagerly anticipating it too.

Scott Carpenter is performing in New West Theatre’s Nightlife Cabaret, Feb. 23-35. Photo by Richard Amery


“It’s completely different than our music comedy revues,” said New West Theatre Artistic Director Kelly Reay.


“It’s a chance to use jokes we come up with in rehearsal that aren’t suitable for a family show, so we do them in a cabaret style setting for adults or rated R for 16 and up,,” he continued.

New West Theatre veterans Erica Hunt, Scott Carpenter and Kathy Zaborsky and local funk rock trio Adequate and some special surprise guests will be providing the “Nightlife.”

“There will be a lot of hilarious, naughty jokes. Naughty , but not gratuitous, but you will get to hear words come out of Scott Carpenter‘s mouth that you don’t usually hear,” Reay continued.

 In addition to jokes, there will be funny songs from musical comedians including Steven Lynch, Tim Minchin and Flight of the Conchords.

“Nightlife ” will be set up cabaret style with  tables instead of formal seating and a bar open throughout the show.


“It’s a chance to see New West theatre up close and personal in a little more informal setting,” Reay continued.


Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society holding auditions for Taming of the Shrew

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society  brings Shakespeare’s comedy Taming of the Shrew to stages all over Lethbridge this summer.

Jesse Thibert directs Taming of the Shrew this summer. photo by Richard Amery

Jesse Thibert, who played Hamlet in last summer‘s production of Hamlet, will be directing this summer’s show.


 Auditions for the  show will be at Casa, Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m.. Callbacks will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26.


 Auditioners will be asked to prepare a short monologue from a Shakespearean work, preferably Taming of the Shrew and may be asked to perfom additional cold readings from the script.


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.

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