Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:29

Historical musical drama about Cypress Hills returns to Lyric Theatre, Nov. 14-18, 2017

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The popular historical musical drama The Cypress Hills would never be the same returned to the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current for a third time, Nov. 14-18. Previous performances in November 2014 and April 2015 were sold out and the tickets for all five performances were also sold out this time. The play depicts a tumultuous time in the history of the Cypress Hills, including the Cypress Hills Massacre and the march westward by the North West Mounted Police. Swift Current playwright and director Stew Tasche added a monologue and music for a new character to this latest production of the historical musical drama. The production included a cast of seven actors, a four-member band, and a production team of four people. The role of the new character of Crow Mary was performed by Val Marie resident Madonna Hamel. Another Val Marie resident, Joseph Naytowhow, played the role of the Nakota storyteller. The other cast members are from Swift Current. Skip Neufeld, Gord Nodge and Doug Sawatzky were the American wolf hunters. Keegan Browne and Stefan Rumpel were members of the North West Mounted Police. The musicians were Dave Cyca, Ed Doyle, Mark Penner, and Jille Shotton. The production team was Cyndi Tasche (producer, set and costume design), Paula McGuigan (lighting technician), Michael Tetrault (music sound technician), and Marc Ruel (stage manager).

 

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