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Places Please: August 2015

By Sara Elizabeth Taylor

CALGARY — This time of year, theatre lovers are torn between seeing what’s onstage and spending time enjoying the remaining summer days. So why not do both? Whether in an open-air tent, along the banks of the Bow River, or in a small town theatre after a summer road trip, check out what’s on the stage this month.

Opera in the Village
Calgary Opera
East Village RiverWalk Plaza
August 13-22

Make your way down to the 900-seat open-air tent in East Village for the third year of Canada’s only outdoor summer opera festival. Whether you’re an opera aficionado or a newcomer to the art form, you’re sure to find something to love during these 10 days of music, theatre and other fun-filled activities. The centerpiece of this year’s event is The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous comedic opera set in Japan. There are also family-friendly matinee performances of The Scorpions’ Sting for theatre lovers with little ones.

Shakespeare by the Bow: The Tempest
Theatre Calgary
Prince’s Island Park
June 23 – August 16

Bobbi Goddard as Prospera, Tiffany Deobald as Miranda, and Ahad Mir as Caliban. Photo: Trudie Lee

Bobbi Goddard as Prospera, Tiffany Deobald as Miranda, and Ahad Mir as Caliban.
Photo: Trudie Lee

There’s not much more you need to know about Shakespeare by the Bow than what’s right in its name: it’s classic plays by William Shakespeare performed outdoors at Prince’s Island Park. A Calgary tradition, Shakespeare by the Bow casts recently graduated post-secondary students from across Alberta, helping kick start their professional theatre careers. And even though the performances are pay-what-you-will (no ticket required), all funds go toward providing mentorship and support for Alberta’s emerging theatre artists. So bring $20, a blanket and a picnic dinner, and prepare to enjoy the Shakespeare classic The Tempest.

Last Train to Nibroc
Rosebud Theatre
July 2 – August 29

There’s no better way to experience a summer day than with a road trip out of town, so grab some snacks and hit the road for the one-hour drive to Rosebud, Alberta, to watch Last Train to Nibroc at the Rosebud Theatre. Nibroc takes place on an eastbound cross-country train in December 1940. A bookish young woman on her way to become a missionary finds herself seated next to a young flyer who has been given a medical discharge and is on his way to New York to become a writer. When the two discover that they are from neighbouring Appalachian towns, a romantic interest is sparked. Last Train to Nibroc is a touching and funny story of the places that unpredictable romance can take us.

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