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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 15:47

Chautauqua Theatre Festival brings six one-act plays to the Lyric Theatre this July

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The Lyric Theatre offers patrons a chance to step back into the 1920s to enjoy world-class, touring theatre artists performing critically acclaimed work with their annual Chautauqua Theatre Festival. From July 11-14, theatre fans have the opportunity to enjoy six different one-act plays.

 

“The shows are all so different, and I think there is really something to appeal to anyone this year at Chautauqua,” explained organizer Rachel Wormsbecher. “No show is at all like any of the other shows, and is really is quite the gamut.”

 

Since the festival has been gaining popularity in the fringe circuit, it's getting easier for Wormsbecher to find talented performers who are interested in coming to Swift Current. She is also learning what people want to see, and finds plays to suit the targets that she has identified.

 

“I really do have a good idea of what I'm looking for,” she said. “We need a slap-stick, laugh out loud comedy for Saturday night, but we also need something more serious and dramatic. We need one that will appeal to an older demographic, and another to appeal to kids. The more I get to know the circuit, the better idea I have of what will make a good lineup. These are all shows that I know enough about that I feel confident in the performances that will make up this year's festival.”

 

Last year's festival drew a larger audience than ever before, and Wormsbecher is hoping that this year will see an even bigger crowd. Now that Wormsbecher has a solid idea of what the community is looking to see, she knows the audience will be receptive.

 

“It's tough to sell tickets in the summer, but this is the right time for these performers before they go to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival the next weekened,” she admitted. “I think people are getting more familiar with this festival, though, and they are starting to really get into it. There is a lot to enjoy – local openers, music in the lobby – and I think that while people come in not really knowing what to expect, they leave having experienced a fantastic piece of theatre.”

 

With a fantastic venue like the Lyric Theatre and the opportunity to take advantage of performers on their way through the fringe circuit across the prairies, setting up a theatre festival is easier than it seems. And with the nearest other festival being the Regina Fringe Festival, it's important for Wormsbecher to provide this opportunity to residents of the southwest.

 

“This is the only professional theatre festival in this area, and it's really easy for us to attract top-notch plays because of the great timing,” she said. “This is what these people do for a living, and they are very good and talented and worth watching.”

 

For more information about the plays that will be at Chautauqua this year, visit www.lyrictheatre.ca/chautauqua2013.html.

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