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Shakespeare In the Park prepares for Macbeth and presents Shakespeare Meets Dickens

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society is excited to welcome back familiar faces as they bring back their popular fundraiser Shakespeare Meets Dickens, Dec. 14 at Casa. Jeff Graham and Bryson Brown performing in last year’s  Shakespeare Meets Dickens, which returns to Casa, Dec. 14. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s the third annual Shakespeare Meets Dickens. It’s an important fundraiser for the Lethbridge Shakespeare Society,” said artistic director Kate Connolly, who won’t be part of this year’s event due to undergoing knee surgery. But there will be plenty of familiar faces taking part including talented singers and musicians Megan Wittig, Ken Rogers, Stephanie Savage and Chris Peterson.


There will also be a lot of familiar faces on stage taking part in the reader’s theatre including most of the Shakespeare Performance Society board members including Jeff Graham and Shelly David plus The Tempest director DJ Gellatly.


The Shakespeare Performance Society has presented innovative productions of Shakespeare plays  in Galt Gardens for the last seven years including a space themed version of the Tempest this year, a western version of A Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet set in contemporary Italy before that.


“This year we’re excited to present Macbeth directed by an and coming young director who studied with Peter Hinton in Ontario, who has directed the Stratford Festival and the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto,” said  Connolly, noting Monique Danielle returns home from Toronto this year to direct a more traditional version of MacBeth.
“I think the board wants to keep it in a fairly traditional time and there’s even been talk of kilts! My vision involves not only a lot of Scottish culture and Shakespearean time period but also the involvement of Greek and Roman mythology, particularly with the role of the witches! I want to play with the ideas of gender, feminism, femininity and toxic masculinity. We’re taking on a lot of big ideas that are so crucial to where our society’s at today but with a talented cast I think audiences are going to be in for something pretty amazing, ” Danielle wrote in a Facebook message.

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A Christmas Carol: The Musical on stage this week at Church of Latter Day Saints

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The Church of Latter Day Saints at 1912 10 Ave  presents Keith Ferguson and Bruce Greer’s musical the Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8.Actors rehearse for the musical  version of A Christmas Carol at The Church of Latter Day Saints at 1912 10 Ave, which runs Dec. 5-8 at 7:30 p.m. photo by Richard amery
“It’s a musical version of the Charles Dickens’ story. It’s pretty close to the book,” said director Chelsey Campbell, who directed a successful version of the production last year for the first time.  


“I was looking for a version of this to do on Youtube and found this one,” she continued.
“It was written by two ministers, but don’t let that scare you,” she chuckled.


“I just love the story. It’s about how everybody has the capacity to change. It’s good Christmas fun, she enthused.
“But this year we have more men than women.  A lot of my boys came back this year. We had more women last year, but a lot of them got married or moved away,” she continued.
“ It’s unusual because you usually get more women auditioning.”
 The cast includes  25 young actors aged 18-30 plus 10 children.

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Give a Texas sized 10-4 to Letterkenny live in Lethbridge

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The Crave TV show Letterkenny has become a cult favourite over the past couple years.Letterkenny live is at the Enmax, Dec. 14. Photo submitted
 It follows the misadventures of “hicks,” skids” and  “hockey players” hanging around the fictional Ontario town of Letterkenny, usually around the main character Wayne (played by series creator Jared Kesso)’s produce stand where he is joined by his friends Daryl (Nathan Dales), Squirrley Dan (K Trevor Wilson) and Wayne’s sister Katy (Michelle Mylett), who discuss the minutia of life in between “chirping” with the local hockey players and meth addled skids. It is like a mix of Seinfeld, Corner Gas and the Trailer Park Boys set in the country.

Letterkenny Live! The Encore brings the live experience to the Enmax Centre, Dec. 14.


“I met Jared in Vancouver and we started making two minute Youtube videos called Letterkenny Problems, which became really popular and the TV show came after for Crave TV. And now we’ve been doing them for three years. We never expected that to happen,” said Calgary born actor Nathan Dales, who splits his time working in Vancouver and shooting Letterkenny in Toronto and Sudbury.


“We‘re shooting season six now. When that’s done we’ll go on the encore tour because the first time was so successful,” Dales said, adding the live Letterkenny experience is a different than the televised version.
“We’ll be bringing the produce stand, so K Trevor Wilson, Jared Keeso and I will be in lawn chairs in front of the produce stand doing some of the favourite bits from the show. We’ll have new video and K Trevor Wilson will be doing a set of stand-up comedy,” he said.


 Mark Forward, who plays coach in the show will also be doing a stand-up comedy set.
“The Letterkenny Live is like theatre. You get an instant reaction from the audience, good or bad. It’s something really special,“he said.
Dales said he is similar to Daryl.
“I’m a lot like Daryl. He’s a supportive friend, he said.

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Christmas concerts and folk coming up this week

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I hate to drop a C bomb so early into December but Christmas is coming.
 So with that in mind Lethbridge is inundated with all manner of Christmas pageants and presentations, including several different versions of a Christmas Carol.
The  Church Of Latter-Day Saints, brings a musical version of a Christmas Carol to their church across from the hospital at 1912 10 Ave. The family friendly free show  begins at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-8.
 A little later, the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society brings back their popular Shakespeare meets Dickens night to Casa, Dec. 14 including a reader’s theatre version of  a Christmas Carol, plus plenty of Christmas carols, food, drink and plenty of Yuletide fun.The mayhemingways return to Lethbridge to play the Slice on Saturday, Dec. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 But this week, Fran Rude and company are tackling another Christmas Classic— Joe Landry’s radio play version of A Wonderful Life. They are presenting it as a live radio play at the Immanuel  Lutheran Church, Dec 6 and 7  featuring the talents of Tony Deys, Morgan Day, Mark Campbell, Stephen Graham, McKade Hogg, Jordana Kohn  and Sheila Matson. The event is a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club to produce projects in the Lethbridge. It’s A Wonderful life  runs at 7:30 p.m. , Dec. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. Tickets are $20 from the Enmax ticket centre.


 Thankfully Christmas isn’t all there is this week.
 There is live music every Friday and Saturday night at the newly refurbished Watertower Grill Friday and Saturday nights.
Local musician Nick Bohl is starting a regular Sunday night singer songwriter showcase at the 1010Pub every Sunday night, which opened, Dec. 2 with Bohl and Tyson Ray Borsboom performing. E-mail Nick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit an example of your work to get involved. He is looking for people with an hour‘s worth of material to showcase. It begins at 8 p.m.
It’s the beginning of the month, which means HBO3  hosts a jazz jam on Wednesday,  Dec. 5 as they usually do on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
It’s great to have Taylor Ackerman back in town and playing often with his new band Global Acid Reset. He hosts the Slice’s open mic this Thursday, Dec. 6.
 It will be a lot of fun on the weekend.


 We got a preview of Vernon based songwriter Eryn Kleyth’s talents a couple of times in the past month at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. But she brings her indie rock band She Hangs Brightly to the Slice on Friday, Dec. 7 with local progressive rock band  the New Weather Machine. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Sarah Christensen will have her art on display as well.
Down the street the Owl features an eclectic show with experimental local rock band Ghost Woman and rapper Pyke. Admission is by donation.

 If you want to laugh on a Friday night, join host Randy Webb at Yuk Yuks Comedy at Average joes, where Brittnany Lyseng and  Serana Shane  bring the yuks. Tickets are $15 in advance for the show, which begins at 8:30 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 8,  features a pretty cool contrast of shows. But first, there’s that C bomb again, take care of Christmas shopping by supporting local artisans at the Handmade market at Exhibition Park from 9-4 p.m. featuring the works of 170  artists from Southern Alberta and B.C. Admission is four dollars. Children 14 and under get in for free. After that, stop by the Galt museum for the Hawk and harvest Holiday market from 6-8 p.m. Admission is three dollars with  kids 12 and under getting in for free. There will even be live music.

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