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Hatrix opens sold out run of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery the Mousetrap at the Moose Hall

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Hatrix Theatre is excited to open a sold out run of Agatha Christie‘s classic murder mystery The Mousetrap at the Moose Hall, May 1-4.


“ I’m very pleased it is sold out,” said director Karolyn Harker, who has a long history of  working with the Mousetrap.

Jeff Graham and Jocelyn Steinborn rehearse a scene from the Mousetrap, Photo by Richard Amery

““It’s run for 70 plus years in London,”” Harker continued, adding she is pleased to bring the Mousetrap to the Moose Hall.

 The Mousetrap is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery.


An assortment of strange guests arrive in the middle of a blizzard at Monkswell manor, a rooming  house just opened  by newlyweds Molly and Giles. But there may be a murderer afoot.

 There are  twists and turns and Three Blind Mice as the constant refrain as  the couple, guests and “Sergeant Trotter” try to a unravel the murderer’s scheme.


“There’s some funny moments, but it is a mystery,” Harker described.


“ There’s a great characters. We’re fortunate to have a great cast and crew,” she said, noting they have been rehearsing since the end of January for the production.

“ My favourite part of the show is working with  all of these talented people how have some great ideas,” Harker said.


“ People are taking their time away from their families and jobs because we love to do it,” Harker continued.

“Everyone involved has been so generous,” she said.


Hatrix Theatre veteran Vittorio Oliveri is looking forward to  playing Paravicini,  a surprise guest whose car breaks down in the middle of the  storm.

“I think the character Paravicini gets a raw deal. He‘s usually played as a clown. But I’m hoping to  do a little bit more with him,” he said, adding he always enjoys working with hatrix.

“It’s great to be part of a great cast,” he said.



Experience theatre debuts with original play about siblings on the family farm

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A new theatre company  gives up and coming actors  more chances to “Experience” theatre without leaving Lethbridge. Their first play “I Hear Abel Singin’ in the Fields,” penned by local playwright Jess Serrat, runs at the casa community room  April 21 at 2:30 p.m.  and at 7:30  p.m., April 22, 24  and 25.


Jesse Thibert, who played Hamlet with The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s  production of Shakespeare’s renown tragedy Hamlet  a couple of years ago and who directed Taming of the Shrew last summer, brings his new theatre company Experience  Theatre to life with Jess Syratt’s original  play “ I Hear Abel Singin’ in the fields.”

Jesse Thibert and Logan Hockley rehearse I Hear Abel Singin’ in the Fields. Photo by Richard Amery


 “I wanted to have more opportunities for actors especially those  graduating from the University of Lethbridge.,” Said Thibert on founding Experience Theatre company.


“Lethbridge is a growing city. We have a great theatre community of students and  professional actors, so I felt  they should have more opportunities to perform  here without having to move to another city,” Thibert said.


Experience Theatre has been rehearsing for their first production since January. They will be staging two more this year.

“We  hope to double that next year,” Thibert said.


He has wanted to do Syratt’s play for a couple of years.

“It’s about two  brothers. One wants to stay on the family farm and the other wants to move to the city,” said Thibert, who  plays the brother who wants to stay on the farm. 

 The play features Thibert as James, Logan Hockley as his brother Noah and  Aiden Boon as  Eden.

“ James is a rough and tumble guy who wants to stay on the farm,” Thibert  said of his character.


University ready to rock Jesus Christ Superstar

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The University of Lethbridge brings Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s popular  rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar to the stage just in time for Easter, though the timing is purely coincidental as is  the musical’s proximity to its fiftieth anniversary.



 The popular movie was released in 1973, though the musical was first performed in 1971.

 Jesus Christ Superstar runs March 12-16 in University Theatre.


“The fact that is close to Easter was a serendipitous surprise,” said director Doug MacArthur.

“You need strong singers for this  show,” MacArthur said.


“It’s a rock opera, so there is no dialogue. Everything is sung,” MacArthur said, adding he is pleased with the cast and crew, who have dedicated a lot of time and effort to the production.

“ It’s a big show,” MacArthur said, adding there are  25 cast members and 12 musicians, who have been rehearsing since Jan. 8.


The ranks of close to 50 people including backstage crew include University of Lethbridge music and drama students plus prominent community members including musical director Bente Hansen, Sandra Stringer and Jillian Bracken who plays Judas as well as choreographer Madisan Cowan from Van Dance and New West Theatre, plus Hootenanny veteran and assistant director  Ahona Sanyal.


“ The show focuses on the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. It is somewhat narrated  by Judas who becomes sort of a sympathetic character, as much as he can be,” he said.

“ I’ve always wanted to do a musical. Students love doing them,” MacArthur said, adding he can’t remember the University of Lethbridge  putting on an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical during his tenure at the university.

“ It’s really  exciting and spectacular. There has been a lot of student collaboration,” he said, adding working  on a large scale musical  like Jesus  Christ Superstar is great experience   for the students which translates well to  the outside world.


Auditions this week for Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society’s summer production of A Twelfth Night

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society are revisiting Shakespeare’s comedy A Twelfth Night , for their thirteenth season, 10 years after they first performed it in 2014.


Actors of all ages are welcome to audition for one of 15-20 roles.


 Auditions are  March 1 and 2 with callbacks happening March 3.

 University of Lethbridge grad and Playgoers of Lethbridge/ Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society veteran Cole Fetting is excited to direct his first show with the troupe with his mentor Sharon Peat.

“She taught me drama in high school.  She has done a lot of productions for m LCI, New West Theatre and Chinook High. And she and I have a lot of similar ideas. So we got to talking about them and presented it to the board and they approved it,” Fetting enthused, adding the play will be set in Shakespearean  times.


“I’m a big fan of classical Shakespeare. Though I really enjoy it when people set it in other eras,” he continued.   


“ We had a lot of requests from people for A Twelfth Night, who said they regretted not seeing it the first time we did it,” he continued.

A Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy believed to have been written by Shakespeare around 1601-2 for the close of the Christmas season.

It is about twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated  by a shipwreck. In her search for her brother, Viola disguises herself as a man  called Cesario and falls in love with Duke Orsinio who falls in love with Countess Olivia.

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