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Little Theatre presents a funny romp for spring production

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Swift Current Little Theatre members rehearse a scene from the comedy Skin Flick by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. From left to right, Bruce Rayner, Lorry Harll, and Haley Jans. Swift Current Little Theatre members rehearse a scene from the comedy Skin Flick by Canadian playwright Norm Foster. From left to right, Bruce Rayner, Lorry Harll, and Haley Jans. Matthew Liebenberg

Three middle-aged people who decide to make a pornographic film after losing their jobs can have a variety of unintended consequences, especially if they use two actors who accidentally end up in their roles. That situation results in plenty of laughs in the comedy Skin Flick by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, which is the spring production by Swift Current Little Theatre.

The community theatre group is hosting five performances of the comedy between March 31 and April 8. Tickets will go on sale at a ticket blitz March 13 from 6-7 p.m. at the Great Plains College cafeteria. Thereafter all remaining tickets will be sold at Pharmasave.
The two-act play is directed by Shayla Kulferst and Tara Garcia. Kulferst was convinced this comedy will be a good choice for this year’s spring production after reading the first page.
“The first page had me laughing out loud all by myself and after that it is just full of laughs,” she said. “It is a little bit different. I think it’s a little bit more edgy than we normally do. It is still a Norm Foster, but I just like it because it’s really funny and it’s a little edgy.”
The play contains adult themes and language, which makes it unsuitable for children, but it will provide a lot of laughs to audiences.
“It is totally lighthearted,” she said. “There is no nudity or anything like that. ... It is nothing too racy, but the f-word is said a few times and obviously there is lots of reference to sex.”
One of the main characters in the play also acts as a narrator, and he censors the coarse language. This dramatic technique results in some funny moments during the performance.
“He lets people in on what is going on in the play and how the characters are coming together basically,” she explained. “He also edits out the really bad words in a very creative way.”
This is the second time that Kulferst is directing a play for Swift Current Little Theatre. She was previously in the director’s seat for the 2015 spring production.
She has been a member of Swift Current Little Theatre for about eight years and theatre has been a long-time passion for her.
“I have loved the theatre since I was very small,” she said. “I used to dress-up in my grandma’s big long fur coat and pretend I was Scarlet O’Hara.”
This year’s spring production has a full set, but there are no scene changes as the set remains the same throughout the play. The transition between different situations will therefore happen while the narrator speaks and actors then step onto the stage through different doors or entrances in the set.
“So he narrates and then he goes off stage and then comes right back on,” she said. “It is pretty fast paced.”
Swift Current Little Theatre will also perform Skin Flick in North Battleford  April 29 during TheatreFest, the annual provincial theatre competition held by Theatre Saskatchewan.
Three of the actors in Skin Flick are long-time members of Swift Current Little Theatre. Ken Johnson plays the role of Rollie, the main character and also narrator. Bruce Rayner is his best friend Alex, a television cameraman who loses his job at the same time as Rollie.
Chris Martens plays the role of Byron, an unsuccessful bookie that suddenly lands the role of the male actor in a pornographic movie.
Two new members of Swift Current Little Theatre will be on the stage in the female roles. Rollie’s wife Daphne is played by Lorry Harll and Haley Jans is Jill, a singing telegram girl and unemployed actress who takes on a new challenge.
The opening night of Skin Flick will be a dinner theatre performance March 31. Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m. Dinner theatre tickets are $40 per person and only available in advance.
“We usually open up with a regular performance,” Kulferst said. “So we decided to do a little something different. We’re going to open up with the dinner theatre on March 31 and that’s advance tickets only. All other tickets, if there are any left, will be sold at the door.”
The three pub nights will take place April 1, 7 and 8. Tickets are $20 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starts at 8 p.m.
The regular performance is April 6. Tickets are $10 per person. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance is at 8 p.m.
All performances take place at Beatty Playhouse, which is located in the gymnasium on the Swift Current campus of Great Plains College.

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