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The Tooth Fairy is a load of laughs — and that’s the ‘tooth’

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When you hear a production includes not only puppets, but the tooth fairy, you know it’s going to be an interesting experience.The Tooth Fairy is a ‘hoot’. Photo by Old Trout Puppet Workshop
 So The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s production of ‘The Tooth Fairy, which New West Theatre has running at the Yates through to May 8, does not disappoint.

In an hour’s span, it covers a range of emotions. It begins kind of sadly  as the cast, clad in grey with big black boots, marches their way onto the stage and introduces the main character, Abigail, a little girl who has a perfect smile which is beloved by the whole village, but who is kept inside by her strict grandfather to preserve her smile.
But it soon becomes plain hilarious, especially watching the puppets, most of which the actors wear over their heads and maneuver their arms with sticks.

Abigail, played by Kyla Read, really does have the perfect  smile, which is enhanced when she puts a mini boat around her neck  and her grandpa’s Viking helmet on her head while  grandpa puts a scare into her about the evil Tooth Fairy. This causes Abigail to run away from home to find the tooth fairy and stop him from taking her perfect teeth.


The Tooth Fairy features puppets and fun for all ages

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New West Theatre ends their season May 5-8 with  an unusual show from the Old Trout Puppet Workshop in the Yates Theatre.The Tooth Fairy runs May 5-8 at the Yates.
Old Trout Puppet Workshop is a Calgary based group which produces plays prominently featuring puppets. The group tour across Canada and the world.
 Their latest production, ‘The Tooth Fairy’ happened to be the right play at the right time.
“They are a company that  does plays that feature puppets. But it’s not just a puppet show. These are intricate wood carved puppets as well as live actors, ” said Jeremy Mason, New West Theatre General manager.
“It’s recommended for ages seven and up. It really appeals to all ages. Young people and adults  can  get different levels of appreciation of it. It’s quite phenomenal. It has a very different quirky sort of style,” Mason continued.
“It’s about a young girl who  goes looking for the Tooth Fairy. And basically the Tooth Fairy takes all of the young kids’ teeth and gives them to elderly people who  are losing their teeth,” he described.

New West Theatre has a story to tell this season

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New West Theatre  has  a ‘story’ to tell during their their new season, which they revealed after much secrecy at a special  gala evening in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, April 27.Scott Carpenter sings ‘Crocodile Rock,’ April 27. Photo by Richard Amery
Bente Hansen played piano while  artistic director Nicholas Hansen  and general manager Jeremy Mason gave an audience including lots of familiar New West Theatre  faces, board members and patrons, a summary of the season past and let helium balloons  attempt to lift paper covering up posters for each show, revealing the surprise line up.
 Scott Carpenter sang ‘Crocodile Rock’ for the audience, accompanied by Bente on piano.
This season’s theme ‘Have We Got A Story for You’ includes a familiar formula — three gala music and dance productions of favourite hits and  a couple of great Canadian plays.
The first production is a wild west themed musical production  just in time for the Calgary Stampede called ‘Rockin’ The Rodeo’ which runs  July 2-24 and will feature  country hits and comedy from Hank Williams to Shania Twain and country fried comedy numbers.
“We really keep our ears to the ground about what is popular in Lethbridge as well as what is happening in Canada,” said Jeremy Mason,  New West Theatre’s general manager adding the actors have pretty much been chosen for the first two musical productions.
“The actors for the  summer musical productions will be very similar to last year. There will be Erica Hunt, Kathy Zaborsky, Scott Carpenter, Jessica Enns and some new faces,” Mason observed.

One Act play festival will be lots of fun on Friday

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It has been a struggle  to get it going this year, but Playgoers of Lethbridge director Rita Peterson is looking forward to this Friday, April 30 when the One-Act play Festival will take over the Yates Centre.
“It’s getting harder and harder to put this on. Because of the time commitment involved in directing and acting, ” observed director Rita Peterson adding they only had one play last year.
“People are just really busy at this time of year. Even for one act plays, there is a fairly substantial time commitment,” she said adding they would like to have more participation from university students, though she understands students are busy  with exams at the end of April.
 This year there are two plays — an old Ring Lardner ‘nonsense’ play from the 1930s called ‘Tridget of Greva,’ which will be directed by Karolyn Harker and a longer play — John Patrick Shanley’s ‘The Dreamer Examines his Pillow’ from Medicine Hat’s Hometown Acting Studios.
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