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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:59

Chautauqua Summer Theatre Festival at Swift Current's Lyric Theatre, July 7-9, 2016

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The Lyric Theatre hosted the 9th annual Chautauqua Summer Theatre Festival in Swift Current, July 7-9. Four diverse productions were on stage at this year's festival while local performers provided musical and dance entertainment as opening acts. Festival patrons were also able to enjoy music by various local musicians on an outdoor patio set up by the Lyric Theatre during the festival. The Chautauqua festival recalls an important part of the Lyric Theatre's heritage, as the theatre was originally used for Vaudeville shows, which was a series of unrelated theatrical acts and performances. Swift Current's Vanessa Gauvin (pictured) was the opening act for two productions at the festival. She shared songs of her favourite folk and blues musicians as well as her own songs and poems. The other photographs show moments from three of the productions at the festival. The one-woman play Shangri-La by Regina-based actor and director Judy Wensel was the opening production at this year's Chautauqua. She performed the role of a teenager in a prairie town in the early 1960s who is trying to cope with the shock of her 16-year-old sister's pregnancy on the family and the small community. Mentalist Jeff Newman presented his show Letters to West 113th at the festival. Newman, who is based in Lethbridge, used a handful of audience members to participate in his show, which left the audience puzzled and talking about what they have experienced. Ray Gowan was one of the audience members who was asked by Newman to participate. Gowan is pictured throwing a card with the name of a deceased celebrity over his shoulder and holding the name of a deceased celebrity that he thought about and that was correctly written down by Newman on the notepad. Terrance Littletent and Chancz Perry presented their show Hip Hop Hoop Dance at Chautauqua. The two men, who are both from Regina, used their different cultural and dance backgrounds during the family-friendly show to convey a message about tolerance and appreciation for human diversity.


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Matthew Liebenberg