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Playgoers to trap the audience with laughs in the Mousetrap

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The Playgoers of Lethbridge are getting excited about their production of  Agatha Christie’s famous 1950’s murder mystery the Mousetrap, Feb. 3-6 at the Yates Theatre.
Jeff Graham rehearses the role of Paravicini in the Mousetrap. Photo by Richard Amery“The Mousetrap is about a group of eccentric  guests gathered at a guesthouse in Southwestern England in 1952. They’re trapped by a snowstorm and they find it is likely one of them is a murderer when one of them is murdered,”  director Eric Low summarized.
“I’ve directed it before — just  over 20 years ago. I wanted to get it right this time,” laughed Low, who is enjoying working with an enthusiastic young cast of eight including four university of Lethbridge drama students. Most of the cast are new to the Playgoers.
“We’re lucky to have a very talented  group of actors. Every time we give them something to do, they do it and say ‘what else?’” he said  adding he was inspired to give the Mousetrap another shot after seeing an episode of Dr. Who featuring the character of Agatha Christie which reminded him how entertaining her characters are.
“Playgoers have been doing a lot of farces lately, so we thought we’d do a murder mystery that was a farce,” he said describing the characters as eccentric and entertaining.
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Improv with Roman Danylo at Henotic

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It was improv night at Henotic, Jan. 15. They brought in Roman Danylo, the star of Comedy Inc. on the Comedy Channel as well as was the referee for  the comedy channel’s  improv Olympics a few years ago and Dean Haglund, who used to be on the X-Files  TV show and has also performed with Second City and the Groundlings, to entertain an enthusiastic  audience with an hour or so of quick witted improv comedy.Roman Danylo and Dean Haglund entertained Henotic with  improv games. Photo by Richard Amery

They included the audience in a couple of games including sound effects during which they brought up an audience  member on stage to make sound effects for a scene they were acting and  another where the audience member had to move the actors according to their dialogue.

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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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