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Lethbridge drag community seeing success with short film Moniques on 4th

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Lethbridge‘s drag community is making waves with their short film/ music video Moniques on 4th.
 “It’s one third short film and two third music video,” summarized producer and  Hatchap productions general manager Nick Bohle who co-directed the film with first time director Erica J Barr.
“It’s really Erica’s baby. I just helped make her vision come alive on screen. She did a great job,” Bohle said.


“ Mama Didi can’t find a dress to wear to her music video launch, so she goes shopping in town until Alberta’s crazy weather whisks her away to a magical land where all her fashion dreams come true,” Bohle summarized.


The short film features a who’s who of Lethbridge’s drag and theatre scene including New West Theatre’s Katie Fellger and Erica Hunt, Francheska Dynamites and Jay Whitehead and Kathy Zaborsky’s  popular drag characters Didi D’Edada and her brother Castrati. Richie Wilcox and Aaron Collier play prominent roles on the film while Charlie Christensen, Danielle Wintrip, Katt Panic, Jamie Johnson and Deonie Hudson make invaluable contributions behind the scenes.


Aaron Collier produced the Jay Whitehead penned song.
“It a disco/ dance song that has a lot of ’80s and ’90 influence,” Bohle described.

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Exhibition Park introduces new website for virtual Home and Garden show

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As expected, due to Covid restrictions on large gatherings, the Lethbridge Home and Garden Show, originally postponed to April 7-11, is now pivoting to an online event.


“We’re not allowed in person events due to safety restrictions,” said Exhibition Park Marketing supervisor Mike Wurchterl, noting there will be an online directory to allow vendors to connect with their customers at http://www.hglethbridge.ca


The online platform goes live on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, coinciding with the previously scheduled opening of the in-person Southern Alberta Home & Garden Show 2021, which will not be taking place this year due to indoor gathering restrictions.
Wurchterl noted there is an interactive  map to allow  visitors to locate businesses of interest closest to them.

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Stars of the Festival participants to perform classics and original compositions

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After a lot of work, Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival general manager Megan Wittig is excited to see this year’s online Stars of the Festival show at 7 p .m., April 16.
Organizers announced the 19 performers last week. But copyright issues narrowed the pool of available performances.

Megan Wittig has put in a lot of work for this years’ online Stars of the Festival concert. Photo by Richard Amery
“We were only able to feature performers performing original compositions or composition from the public domain. So we couldn’t have any bands,” Wittig said.


This year‘s online festival provided extra challenges because the participants not only had to learn their selected pieces, but also had to submit a video of their performances to the adjudicators.
 There are two original compositions, two selections from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream  and selections from Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin.
Aaron Richardson, Alexandra Morgan and Daniel Kim will be performing in the chamber music category.
David Oler and Masataro Tatsuno will be performing original compositions.

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Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society to revisit first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society celebrates their tenth anniversary thius year by going back to the past to revisit their very first production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 Auditions for the play, which is being directed by Andrew Legg who also directed it 10 years ago, are Thursday, April 1 at the Lethbridge Fish and Games Hut (946 9th Ave South Street,)
“We’re definitely really excited about this season,” said Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society artistic director Kate Connolly.

Andrew Legg performing in the Merry Wives of Windsor last year. Photo by Richard Amery
 They have booked rehearsal space at the Gate in May and June and have booked three outdoor shows at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens on July 9, 23 and Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m..
“The audience can be socially distanced. It is easier or them to have the audience socially distanced and more easily control access to the facility,” Connolly said, adding The Mocha Cabana will provide charcuterie boards for the Nikka Yuko shows and there will be a bar.
And there are more outdoor shows in the works.


“We hope to be back at Galt Gardens, but we may have shows in other parks in town,” she said.
 There are also a couple of road trips this season.


“The Coutts Arts Centre has expressed a lot of interest in having us back and so has High River,” she said, adding unfortunately there will be no show at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod this season.
“We’ll be moving around a lot this year,” Connolly observed, noting the Casa Plaza is a possibility as is Festival square by the Telegraph and the Gate.
“They might even have a small stage set up by July,” she continued.

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