Friday, 06 June 2014 08:30

Empress Theatre group ready to perform Nunsense

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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After a surprising success with the musical Anne of Green Gables last year, the Fort Macleod theatre group decided to put on another musical this year.

The Empress Theatre will present Nunsense, a musical comedy June 12-14 and June 19-21.
The musical will feature five talented local women playing sisters who decide to put on a variety show to raise funds to pay for the burials of four sisters, because they don’t have enough money. They lost 52 sisters from food poisoning.
The musical will feature tap dancing, ballet, comedy and an audience quiz.
“We’re in full rehearsals and … it’s going great. The girls are working really hard and we’re just past the halfway mark of the rehearsals,” says Erin Henderson, the show’s director.
Henderson chose this particular musical this year because it works well with the resources available to the Fort Macleod theatre group, in regards to staging, production elements and casting.
“It’s funny. We wanted to do a comedy and wanted to do something with great music, so with the great music, the comedic factor, the demanding female roles that it had and the low production demands that’s what made it kind of the perfect fit for us this year,” says Henderson.
The musical is perfect for all ages as it’s funny, clean and fun. There is no profanity and the comedy is suitable for any age.
There is a lot of hidden talent in Fort Macleod and Henderson is looking forward to showing some of it off this month.
Henderson adds these actresses are everyday people in the community. They’re teachers and mothers. She’s excited for these women to impress and wow their colleagues, friends and family members.
The show is easy, fun entertainment. It’s not heavy and dramatic. Henderson says the music is really fun.
Last year, the group put on Anne of Green Gables the musical and the community responded well.
Henderson wasn’t expecting their first musical to go so well and for people to enjoy it as much as they did. The musical was sold out five of six nights. Henderson was happy and surprised to see the support.
“It was a surprise for me and very encouraging, because I heard other people say … it will do well, it will sell out and I didn’t know what to believe … I wasn’t going to believe it until I saw it.”
After having such support from the community, Henderson decided to do another musical this year. She says people kept asking her when the next musical would be, because they loved last year’s so much.
Attending the musical would be a great night out for the family, a date night or a fun night out with friends.
“If you need a night out to laugh, you’re willing to laugh and you’re willing to have fun then I think that’s a good reason to come,” says Henderson.
Attending the show is also an important way to support the community and those involved.
“I hope it keeps the wind in our sails as far as community theatre goes. I hope it continues to support it. I think it’s really important for the town, I think it’s important for youth,” says Henderson.
The Empress Theatre seats about 320 people, so to be sold out would be yet another major success.
Henderson hopes by putting on this musical, it will not only bring people in for a fun evening, but that it will keep the theatre viable for as long as possible.
“My goal is for the theatre to keep that thing running and have people come to it and enjoy it, support it.”
Henderson recommends buying tickets as early as possible as there’s a good chance this show will sell out. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. Those aged three and under are free, but must sit on an accompanying adult’s lap.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod during the day, phoning the theatre at 403-553-4404 or online at:

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