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TheatreXTra presents ‘Patience’

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University of Lethbridge student run dramatic group TheatreXtra is looking forward to  a little ‘Patience’ this week.
The seven member cast will be  exploring Canadian playwright Jason Sherman’s  1998 play ‘Patience.’ Jan. 21-23 in the David Spinks Theatre at the University of Lethbridge each night at 8 p.m.
“Patience is essentially the story of a man who  seems to have everything but in the  Terry Ecklund and Corey Joyce rehearse a scene from Patience. Photo by Richard Amerycourse of a couple days, he loses it all — his first wife dies, he loses his job and his brother dies,” said director  Alan JohnKelly Malcolm rehearses a scene from Patience. Photo by Richard Ameryson who is in his last year of  his BFA. The seven  cast members ,   Terry Ecklund (who plays Reuben), Corey Joyce (Paul), Jennifer Le Blanc (Donna), Kelly Malcolm (Sara), Emma Sinclair ( Liz), James Wade and Greg Wilson (Phil) have been rehearsing  for the production  since December and following a three week Christmas break, since Jan. 5.
“Essentially he  tries to figure out what went wrong,” Johnson continued adding he has worked with most of the cast before in many capacities.
“It’s a pretty interesting play,” he continued adding he has wanted to put on  this production for a while so he  submitted it to TheatreXtra directors David Gabert and Lawrence Bollokoski.
“I chose Patience  after reading a lot of  plays I would be interested in directing,” he said.
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ArtStage 2 brings a variety of acts together

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Musical director David Mikuliak is looking forward to ArtStage 2 at the Yates Theatre, Jan. 16.
“It’s coming together really well. There‘s such a  varied and eclectic  group of performers, so that was the biggest chaJeff Carlsonllenge finding a logical way to bring together flamenco dancing, modern Aboriginal  dancing, improv theatre and opera all on the same stage,” Mikuliak enthused, adding having Jeff Carlson on board as master of ceremonies  for the program helped bring everything together. The show takes the format of a Ed Sullivan style TV variety show.
“Jeff Carlson sees it  as a mix of Johnny Carson meets David Letterman. So he’ll be introducing the acts and leading a question and answer period with them after they’ve performed,” he said.
 
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Setting the stage for art

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The Allied Arts Council is setting the stage for art, Jan. 16 with a cornucopia of acts set to perform at the Yates Memorial Centre for ArtStage Act 2Sonis  McAllister and the Barracuda Orchestra are set to play Artstage Act 2.
“It’s an opportunity for all of the  disciples of the arts to collide on the same stage for an evening,” Lindsay Meli, Allied Arts Council  communications coordinator adding there are several different acts performing including some unusual spoken word/ jazz from  the Barracuda Orchestra, some flamenco guitar with Ali Golbabai plus dancing, Aboriginal  Dance with  Troy Emery Twigg, the University of Lethbridge  Opera Workshop, improv comedy with the Drama Nutz and  house band, Sludge, featuring artistic director David Mikuliak. Plus  alderman and New West Theatre alumnus Jeff Carlson will be master of ceremonies.
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Carnival of laughter and music

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If you’ve been on a cruise or at an all inclusive resort and taken in some of the night time entertainment, you’ll get an idea of New West Theatre’s high energy, heavily choreographed performances  which feature songs, dance and comedy. The latest, Carnival, which opened Dec. 26 at the Yates Theatre, more prominently  features their original comedy sketches, but also incorporates more comedy into the actual mErica Hunt and Scott Mezei during Carnival. Photo by Richard Ameryusical performances.
Opening night began with “shush” booming through the packed Yates, so the audience knew to expect a night of light hearted fun.
 It began with a spine tingling version of Journey’s “Anyway You Want It,” performed  rock opera style by the entire cast but with Mark Nivet handling most of Steve Perry’s high notes.
 As always, personable MCs Erica Hunt and Grahame Renyk did their talk to the audience bit and learned there were people from New York  and Whitehorse in the audience who were visiting for the holidays. They said there would be  selections for popular previous shows, ‘Cutting Out’ and ‘Invasion’ which prepared the audience for a lot of Beatles hits as well as a hilarious version of  “I am King Henry the VIII I Am,” by newcomer  Steven Greenfield. It’s always fun when they do Arrogant Worms’ songs and their version of “Worst Seat on the Plane,” was an excellent example of incorporating the comedy within the songs.
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