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Places Please: June 2015

By Sara Elizabeth Taylor

CALGARY — Summer is a time of awakening, as we emerge from the darkness of winter and come alive in the sunshine. It makes sense, then, that Calgary’s theatre companies are focusing on light-hearted comedies and festivals of new work this month. Here are a few to add to the calendar.

Legoland by Jacob Richmond
(Urban Curvz)
Motel Theatre at Arts Commons
June 11-20

We all remember school assemblies: groups of overly enthusiastic “actors” preaching the dangers of drugs through song and dance. But this one will be a little… different. This school assembly features siblings Penny and Ezra Lamb, famously extradited to Canada following a brutal attack on a beloved pop star. Now, Canada’s youngest drug cartel has to present their story to a high school using ukuleles, puppets and gangster rap.

Anything Goes
(Front Row Centre Players)
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
June 12-27

This classic musical of mistaken identities and madcap antics has been delighting audiences for over 80 years. When Billy Crocker discovers that his long lost love is aboard a transatlantic cruise, he assumes the identity of another passenger who hasn’t joined the ship. Unfortunately for him, the identity he chooses leads him to tangles with gangsters, the FBI and a nightclub singer named Reno Sweeny.

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work
(Lunchbox Theatre)
Lunchbox Theatre
June 12-27

Every year, Lunchbox Theatre offers nine Canadian playwrights dramaturgical support, workshops and readings to help them develop a new play. The playwrights benefit from the development opportunity, and Calgarians benefit by having the opportunity to enjoy nine public readings of original scripts – all for free. Check the Lunchbox Theatre website for the list of plays that will be featured this year.

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