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
Motel Theatre at Arts Commons
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.
(Front Row Centre Players)
Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre
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
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.AB, Alberta, Anything Goes, Arts Commons, Beddington Heights Community Arts Centre, Legoland, live theatre, Lunchbox Theatre