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Chautauqua returns to the Lyric Theatre July 8-11

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The Lyric Theatre celebrates the 8th Annual Chautauqua Summer Theatre Festival, while reviving an old prairie tradition, July 8-11.


“Chautauqua is four days of hilarity, wonder and razzle-dazzle. Don’t miss this astounding festival of the performing arts,” said Paula McGuigan, program manager at the Lyric.
The Chautauqua originates in Chautauqua Lake, NY. The travelling variety show has its roots in Methodist Temperance rallies, which carried education, inspiration and entertainment across the continent.
At this summer’s Chautauqua, the Lyric will present six professional touring productions along with local talent. McGuigan notes there are two plays that will appeal to younger audiences.
“One of our plays that we have coming in won the Montreal Fringe Festival called Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another. It’s geared towards adults and children, and we also have Saskatchewan Outdoors,” said McGuigan.
The children matinees are $5, while the other performances are $12 and $55 for a festival pass. Tickets are on sale at Pharmasave and the Lyric. For more information about Chautauqua visit the Lyric website, the Chautauqua Facebook page or phone 306-773-6292.
Upcoming Chautauqua Plays, July 8-11:
• Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another is a story about love, loss, acceptance and family told through movement, music and shadow puppets. They won Montreal 2014 Fringe’s best play (Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 1 p.m.).
• Saskatchewan Outdoors is about two siblings taken from their accustomed word of video games and TV for a family camping trip (Wednesday and Thursday: 2 p.m.).
• Lord of the Thrones tells the tale of a Hafling hero who claims to rule the land called Muddled Earth. Full of magic, guffaws, and audience participation (Saturday: 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.).
• Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany stars Ingrid Garner, an adaptation of her grandmother’s autobiography about growing up as an American in Second World War Berlin (Friday: 2 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m.).
• The Sama Kutra is about a subversive clown duo who explore sexual expectations and disappointments within the context of a marriage on the verge of collapse (Thursday: 7 p.m., Friday: 9 p.m.).
• Stories of Love and Passion stars Rosie Bitts who mixes her raw style of singing old jazz and blues with the sensuality and seduction of her burlesque while expertly weaving her stories throughout it all (Wednesday: 7 p.m., Thursday: 9 p.m.).

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