Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:50

Chautauqua will play itself out over the weekend

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Local fans of live theatre are in for a treat this weekend at the Lyric Theatre’s 5th Annual Summer Chautauqua Theatre Festival, where they will be able to enjoy six different professional one-act plays from July 5-8.

Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre was initially built in 1912 to host live theatre performances, so the chautauqua offers a unique chance for patrons to enjoy the theatre in its intended purpose. It’s also the only reliable time professional theatre comes to Swift Current each year.
“We are starting to get a reputation as the place to come for high quality theatre, and people really want to come here,” explained Chautauqua organizer Rachel Wormsbecher, who selected this year’s six plays that will be presented. “I’ve seen a lot of theatre, and some of the best performances I’ve ever seen were at Chautauqua.”
This year’s lineup features six different plays, ensuring something for everyone at the Summer Chautauqua.
Super Spectacular! To Opera, With Love is a blend of sketch comedy, opera and dance, offering an evening of white-hot entertainment. Merril Garrick, actor extraordinaire, and his sidekick Emmet leave no genre unturned in their attempt to put on the greatest show ever. This performance can be enjoyed July 7 at 7 p.m. (double bill) and July 8 at 9 p.m.
As Picasso once said, “every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Witness the moment of inspiration for Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica as the small Spanish town is destroyed by bombs. Guernica will be presented July 7 at 7 p.m. (double bill) and July 8 at 6 p.m.
Acclaimed physical theatre duo WONDERHEADS present a love story that whisks a man to the moon and back with Loon. Featuring larger than life masks, fantastical puppetry and a style that has been described as ‘live-action Pixar’, the WONDERHEADS wonder, can a man truly love the moon? Viewers can catch Loon on July 6 at 9 p.m. and July 7 at 1 p.m.
Both adults and children alike will enjoy Munsch’n Right Along — six Robert Munsch stories told by incredible hand puppets, including Wait and See, Mmm Cookies, Smelly Socks, Up, Up, Down, and the classic tales David’s Father and Mud Puddle, presented by the award-winning Wide Open Children’s Theatre. Kids of all ages can see this play on July 7 at 4 p.m. and July 8 at 2 p.m.
Sibling rivalry, self-help books, and misplaced superhero worship: one woman just wants to save the world one hip-check at a time. Roller Derby Saved My Soul has picked up accolades from Fringe Festivals across the country, and will be presented at the Lyric on July 5 at 9 p.m. and July 6 at 6 p.m.
Son Of Africville is an autobiographical story of a mother and son reuniting, after 20 years, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their roots stem directly from historic Africville, the largest and oldest black community in Canada, until it was bulldozed in the 1960s. Catch Son of Africville on July 5 at 6 p.m. and  July 6 at 2 p.m.
“It’s great to see how everyone responds differently to each play, and people really appreciate the variety,” Wormsbecher said. “We also present all local openers, which makes our festival really unique and interesting, and allows us to form a stronger connection to the community.”
Tickets for the Chautauqua are $10 each, double bills for $15, or all 6 shows for $50. Tickets for the children’s show are $5 for a child (age 2 – 15) and $10 for adults. Tickets for all performances are available at Pharmasave. For more information, phone the Lyric Theatre at 773-6292 or visit the website at

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