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Mamma Mia! — WCT turns 40 with disco flair

February
25
,
2016
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They’ll be singing Abba songs in the street come September whether they like it or not, Artistic Director Daryl Cloran said Thursday as Western Canada Theatre parted the curtain on the ever-popular Mamma Mia! as its next-season hit. The...

Walkin’ back in time with the great Patsy Cline

February
16
,
2016
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Patsy Cline was one of those stars who shone brightly for a short trajectory while her songs live on as bittersweet reminders of a life tragically cut short. In A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, audiences are swept back to that golden era of radio...

24-hour playwriting fest picks a winner

February
12
,
2016
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They put up a pizza station, ringed a theatre and set to work on dramatic scripts, marathon-style. In the end, it was a drama about a school and community coming to terms with a suicide that won the first 24-hour playwriting festival at TRU. ...

Be prepared to be scared by WCT

January
18
,
2016
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Something very scary is coming back to Kamloops. I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, one of the all-time favourites of Western Canada Theatre audiences over the years, has a midwinter run. In association with Calgary’s Vertigo Theatre,...

Cherry Docs tells of cowardice, courage

January
8
,
2016
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Cherry Docs puts the boots to the naive notion that Canadians are somehow above racism. Montreal playwright David Gow wrote the loud and gritty two-handed drama in the 1990s, inspired by the beating of a gay friend outside a Toronto bar.  ...

On your mark, get set … write

January
8
,
2016
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Aspiring writers are getting set to go against the clock in 24-hour playwriting event at TRU this weekend. “We have 17 people writing as well as a couple of others,” said Allandra Barton, a student in the Actors Workshop Theatre...

Hatred, compassion collide in Cherry Docs

December
29
,
2015
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Actor Nigel Beardwood has had his locks shorn for a cause — the collision of intolerance, hatred and compassion in Cherry Docs, a play that speaks to our time. Playwright David Gow’s critically acclaimed drama marks the inaugural...

Packing ’em in for the panto

December
23
,
2015
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Surprises are in store as the curtain rises Christmas Eve at Sagebrush Theatre over Beauty and the Beast, British panto-style. The first surprise may be that this adaptation of the fairy tale classic won’t be the one audiences are...

Mary works her magic on Kamloops

December
7
,
2015
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She worked magic for the Banks family and Disney; in the last two weeks Mary Poppins has done the same in Kamloops. The final show takes place Tuesday, Dec. 8, but even a week before closing, WCT was tweeting that ticket sales had exceeded all...

Prairie family tale continues at TRU

November
30
,
2015
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A Canadian award winner, The Mail Order Bride, continues at TRU’s Actors Workshop Theatre, Dec. 3-5. One of Alberta playwright Robert Clinton’s earlier works, The Mail Order Bride is a rural family portrait of the Teeters. Their...