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One Act play festival will be lots of fun on Friday

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It has been a struggle  to get it going this year, but Playgoers of Lethbridge director Rita Peterson is looking forward to this Friday, April 30 when the One-Act play Festival will take over the Yates Centre.
“It’s getting harder and harder to put this on. Because of the time commitment involved in directing and acting, ” observed director Rita Peterson adding they only had one play last year.
“People are just really busy at this time of year. Even for one act plays, there is a fairly substantial time commitment,” she said adding they would like to have more participation from university students, though she understands students are busy  with exams at the end of April.
 This year there are two plays — an old Ring Lardner ‘nonsense’ play from the 1930s called ‘Tridget of Greva,’ which will be directed by Karolyn Harker and a longer play — John Patrick Shanley’s ‘The Dreamer Examines his Pillow’ from Medicine Hat’s Hometown Acting Studios.
In between plays, University of Lethbridge professor Bryson Brown will be performing  the classic poem ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee. And after the last play, Drama Nutz will be performing some short form improv along the lines of the hit TV show Whose Line is It Anyway.
“We wanted to make it a fuller evening,” Peterson continued adding Gail Hanrohan will be adjudicating them and not only give awards for best actor, best actress and best play, but will decide which one has the opportunity to perform in Whitecourt at the provincial competition.
The show begins at 7p.m. Admission is only five dollars.
“We wanted to keep it reasonable for everyone,” Peterson said.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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