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Cast can’t wait for the Mousetrap

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The Playgoers of Lethbridge’s enthusiastic new cast are looking forward to the performing in Agatha Christie’s reknown murder-mystery/farce, the  Mousetrap, which runs Feb. 3-6 at the Yates Theatre.
“Some people are adrenaline junkies and jump off buildings, I don’t need to do that, I just get on stage,” enthused Andrew Merrigan, who looking forward to playing the Justin Masson (Sgt. Trotter) and Jeff Graham (Paravicini) rehearse for the Mousetrap. Photo by Richard Ameryflamboyant and scarf changing Christopher Wren in this 1952 production, which is about a group of eccentric characters trapped in a cabin by a snowstorm, when a murder occurs.
“I like the fact that he’s (Christopher Wren) really innocent and that I can play on that fact,” Merrigan continued adding he is enjoying his first outing on stage with Playgoers.
 The characters’ eccentricities have been enhanced in this production, for example Wren will be changing scarves every scene.
 “I think definitely the people. This is exactly what you look for when you volunteer for something like this,” Merrigan said of his favourite part of being part of the Mousetrap.
“It’s pretty together. There’s a great amount of energy so that makes it fun,” said Justin Masson, who plays Sgt. Trotter, who must solve the murder.


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.

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.


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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