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One Act Play Festival features two nights of original scripts and classics

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The One Act Play festival returns to the newly renovated Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 29 and 30.
To date five plays have been submitted including  submissions from Shakespeare in the Park, Two from University of Lethbridge Student’s and a couple from other community groups. Jocelyn Steinborn (centre) performing in the one Act Play Festival last year. Photo by Richard Amery

“So we’ll be going both Friday and Saturday as we currently have three long plays and a shorter one.  Could possibly do them in one night if we start early enough,” observed organizer Rita Peterson, in an e-mail.
 The festival was at Casa last year and was so popular that they had to turn people away at the door. This year, they are excited to be back in the newly renovated Sterndale Bennett Theatre for at least one day.


 The One Act Play Festival has been an important part of long standing theatre troupe Playgoers of Lethbridge’s mandate to develop actors and up and coming directors since the early ’70s
 All entries will be adjudicated by  adjudicator Richard O”Brien, who among his many accomplishments founded Red Deer college’s drama program.
“He’s been working in drama for most of his adult life,” Peterson said. There will be awards for best original script, best play, best actor and best actress. The winner can go to High River to compete in the provincial One Act Play festival May 3 and 4.


“Playgoers  of Lethbridge has been involved with the One Act Play Festival for at least 40 years,” summarized Peterson, who has participated in the festival as an actor in director many times.
 ADFA (Alberta Drama Festival Association) covers some mileage and accommodations expenses for the winner to participate in the provincial festival.
University student Tracy Wyman who has submitted an original script  called “Falling Through Time” which she will perform with Jocelyn Steinborn and Halley Gray.


“It is a series of three monologues by three women  talking about their memories and their lives,” Peterson described.
Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Edward Albee’s Zoo Story features Josh Hammerstedt and Cole Fetting, and several familiar faces from backstage including first time director Mary-Lynne  Muhly.


“They needed a director and I’ve been involved backstage with enough plays, so I volunteered,” chuckled Muhly, holding a rehearsal at her home.
 Fetting and Hammerstedt planned to perform Zoo story for last year’s  One Act Play Festival, but weren’t able to get it ready in time.


“Zoo Story is about a guy sitting on a park bench who encounters this interesting character and they have an interesting conversation,” said Fetting, a familiar face with Shakespeare in the Park and with several University of Lethbridge productions, who plays Jerry, who encounters Peter, played by Josh Hammerstedt.

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Tyrants of Chaos book their own CD release show for this week

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Local metal band Tyrants of Chaos are amped about their brand new second Cd “…into Oblivion.”
They have a close to sold out CD release party for the CD with  local punk band Sessions coming up, March 23 at La Cite Des Prairies.

Tyrants of Chaos officially release their new CD …into Oblivion, March 23 at La Cité Des Prairies, March 23. photo by Richard Amery
“The music speaks for itself,” said drummer Ryan Dyck, noting the band including powerhouse vocalist Phil Sirias, guitarist Curtiss  Vaselenak and new guitarist  Alex Wagner, bassist Paul Denton  spent a solid six months in local musician Sheldon Arvay’s Hothouse Studio working on The CD.


“But different this time, we sent it away to Grant Hall at Hideout and Touchwood Studios in Nevada for mastering. He’s worked with Five Finger Death Punch and  Papa Roach and a lot of other metal bands,” Dyck continued, adding the band is extremely pleased with the result.


“ Sheldon grew up with a lot of those guys in Saskatchewan, so he reached out to them. Usually mastering costs $10,000, but they gave us a really good deal,” he said, adding the  extra set of ears shows in the final result.


“We released the first CD in 2016 and this CD is miles above that one, not that that was bad,” Dyck enthused.
“We’ve played all of these new songs at least once in  our shows,” he said , noting the band draws heavily from the new wave of British heavy metal including bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
“That’s our age group. That’s the music we grew up on and made us want to play, he said, noting he also plays drums with a jazz trio and classic rock band Blame Andi with Sheldon Arvay.

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Lots of blues, folk, metal and laughter this week

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Surprise, surprise, it is another busy week in Lethbridge.
U of L based radio station Into the Realm of Radio themed CKXU’s FUNDrive continues this week with several events happening throughout the week. There is a karaoke night at the ZOO in the SU on Tuesday beginning at 8 p.m. Feel free to dress as your favourite fantasy character and get ready to sing your heart out and maybe you will find the web wizard who will help fund a new website for CKXU which will allow you to download your favourite shows and listen to them at your leisure.

George Fowler opens for Irish Mythen at the Lethbridge College Cave for the LEthbridge Folk Club on Saturday. Photo by Richard Amery
FUNDrive ends on March 22 at the Old Firehall with Musical Monarchy featuring performances by  Shaela Miller, Biloxi Parish, Chief Mountain, Tut and Jess and Sil who will be playing  the hits of your favourite monarchy or fantastic themed bands like Queen, Queens of the Stone Age, Prince and more. There is a $10 cover at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m.
 But there is a lot of other fun happening.
 Josh Davies and HBO3 host the jazz jam at the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Wednesday, March 20. And the Geomatic Attic has the first of three shows this week featuring Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns. The show begins at 8 p.m., March 20. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door. As usual, Geomatic Attic shows start at 8 p.m.


 Juno nominated folk/ pop musician Donovan Woods plays a Geomatic Attic show at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 at 8 p.m. Sharp with special guest Katie Pruitt. Tickets are $38.
 Samantha Martin And Delta Sugar featuring Lethbridge singer Mwansa Mwansa return to the Geomatic Attic, Wednesday, March 27.
Friday night will be off the hook beginning at 7:30 p.m. where local country musician Trevor Panczak plays the fourth annual Boots and Roots Benefit for STARS.
 The event happens at the Sandman Signature Hotel downtown. It features a prime rib dinner hosted by Prime Catering, a live and silent auction and Panczak playing all the country music you want. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75.


Good Times features comedian Simon King performing two shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.., Friday, march 22.  Tickets are $15 in advance $20 at the door.
 Theatre Outre features The Drinking Game in Club Didi, “an opportunity to learn about yourself and a celebration of human relationships in all their simplicity and complexity,” March 21 and 22. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.


 If you like the Eagles, Hotel California an Eagles tribute is back at Average Joes, March 22 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door. The Nova Scotiables will open the show at 8 p.m..


 For blues fans, The Steve Keenan band return to Casino Lethbridge for two nights, March 22 and 23. The show begins at 8 p.m.
It will be mellow but fun night at the Slice, March 22 with singer songwriter Max Hopkins, Silent Mike and Makiisma performing.


One of my favourite  duos, Edmonton’s F&M aka Ryan and Rebecca Anderson return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 22. Tyson Ray Borsboom opens the show.
Saturday, March 23 will be just as hectic.
 If you want to laugh, comedy trio the Arrogant Worms best known for  writing “Last Saskatchewan Pirate”  are at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.50.

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Donovan Woods enjoying Juno week before making Lethbridge debut

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Lethbridge welcomes Juno award winning singer songwriter Donovan Woods to the  Sterndale Bennett Theatre, March 24 for a special Geomatic Attic show.Donovan Woods plays Lethbridge, March 24. Photo by Danielle Holbert
Donovon Woods is a busy man. He just took home this year‘s Juno Award award for best contemporary roots album, he spent last week playing Juno week in London, Ontario and touring in support of his most recent album “Both Ways.”


Donovan Woods Sarnia, Ontario based a two time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter. He has previously been nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year as well as Songwriter of the Year at the JUNO Awards in 2014 and 2017 respectively. As a songwriter, he has been involved in the writing of songs for artists such as Billy Currington, Alan Doyle, Charles Kelly & Tim McGraw.


He is enjoying being part of Juno week in London Ontario.
“The routine for Juno week includes more thinking about clothes than I like to do. There's a lot of dressing up and expectations to look cool and stuff. That stresses me out a bit. What I enjoy most about it is just seeing friends and folks I know,” he wrote in response to a series of e-mailed questions, sent before his win.


“ Our Canadian music community is small, so in a way, it's just a fun hang. Being nominated for “songwriter of the year” is exciting, of course. It's the award I dreamed about winning as a kid writing songs. Lots of my heroes have won it, so it's a thrill. I'm always pleasantly surprised to be nominated for things. I know how many good records come out every year, because I'm a music fan, and I love so many of them, so it's surprising to be centred out, yes. ”


 This year, he was up against  new albums from the Deep Dark Woods, Megan nash, AHI and Kaia Kater.

He has been spending some time co-writing in Nashville for country stars like Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and even great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle.

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