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Plays needed for One Act Play Festival

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After a two year  hiatus due to Covid, Playgoers of Lethbridge  is pleased to  bring back the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA)  One Act Play Festival. But they need a few more  submissions  to do it. 

The annual  celebration of plays, is scheduled to happen at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Friday May 13 and Saturday, May 14.


“ We had to cancel the 2020 and 2019 festivals so we’ve lost a lot of momentum,” said Playgoers of Lethbridge artistic director Rita Peterson and Chinook Region ADFA representative, noting they only have one submission so far. Mary -Lynn Muhly is directing a Playgoers of Lethbridge favourite “ Priscilla Pringle’s Predicament,”  penned by Ed Bayly.


 “She has a really great cast, so I really want to see it,” Peterson said, adding they need  at least two plays to  hold the competition.


 The deadline is April 1, but it is flexible.


One Act plays from 10 to 60 minutes of all styles and genres are welcome including original scripts.


Peterson noted  the One Act Play Festival is an excellent  opportunity  for playwrights and actors to show their work and be adjudicated. They haven”t chosen an adjudicator yet.


“ We usually get a lot of entrants from the university, but the students  may be too busy with work,” Peterson said.


“ We’ve also reached out to Medicine Hat,” she said.


“ It’s great experience for actors and directors,” Peterson continued, adding she hopes  there will be some last minute entries for the festival.


“ A lot of the other theatre groups are getting ready for spring productions,” she said.


  The winning entrant goes to the provincial competition in Camrose, May 27.


There is a $25 entry fee for each group. Visit  for more information and to download an entry form, which can be dropped off at Casa C/o Rita Peterson C/oPlaygoers at Casa  230 8the Street  S, Lethbridge.

— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat Editor

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