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Evil Dead, Ash

Bruce Campbell as Ash, from Evil Dead 2

It looks like this is happening, for real! When it was first put forth, I got an invite to the Evil Dead: The Musical group for Medicine Hat many months ago and never thought about it until I got another message in my inbox yesterday. It looks like this really happening now. Last night they held auditions which anybody could try out for and the same is happening tonight at 7:00PM. There are 4 lead female parts and 4 lead male parts up for aspiring actors/actresses/singers locally or fans of the cult classic… that can act (and sing).

If you don’t know what Evil Dead is, you are kind of a lost cause; although, it’s possible you can see one of the most celebrated cult horror movies of all time. I would suggest taking a look at Evil Dead 2 (more or less a re-make of the equally good, but more old-school, Evil Dead) and Army of Darkness, and maybe do a little bit of reading on Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi.

If you are interesting in auditioning tonight, stop by the Community Theater Arts Center (1221 10th Ave. S.W.) at 7:00PM. To read more about all the other restrictions and other information, please visit the event on Facebook or contact Amber Krause either via Facebook, or by emailing

Facebook Event

The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre celebrates Midnight Madness on Thursday, Nov. 25 with a free craft workshop for kids, free admission to the galleries, guided tours, free hot chocolate, door prizes, a discount in the Gift Shop, Medicine Hat Musical Theatre is on the main stage with Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as The Clowns are in Town!, a free event put on by the Historical Society of Medicine Hat and District.

Free Admission to the Galleries Until 10:00 p.m.

Wander through the galleries for free during Midnight Madness or enjoy a guided tour from 6:30 p.m., exhibitions including:

  • The Grand Old 76 – A photo and document exhibit about the 76 ranching company
  • Edward Burtynsky: Making & Breaking – Dramatic photographs of the Alberta Oil Sands and other locales
  • Medicine Hat Photography Club: Human Landscape – Photographs from local artists exploring our place in our environment

Gingerbread Folks Workshop

Discovery Centre – 6 p.m., 7 p.m. & 8 p.m.
The Esplanade Education Program will run a workshop making gingerbread-themed ornaments or cards in the Discovery Centre at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. All materials are supplied and participants may take home what they make. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Esplanade Café is offering free hot chocolate while supplies last and a 10% discount while shopping in the Gift Shop. Both the Gift Shop and Box Office are open until 10 p.m.

The Clowns are in Town!
Studio Theatre – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Historical Society of Medicine Hat and District bring you this event in the Esplanade Studio Theatre about the history of clowning in Medicine Hat, featuring Penny Jackson aka Gummee. This event is free and everyone is welcome.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Main Theatre – 8 p.m.
Medicine Hat Musical Theatre is back for a new year with their adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar. This show illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. Medicine Hat Musical Theatre is on the main stage at the Esplanade with tickets still available at the Esplanade and Mall box offices or online at

Wizard of Oz Comes to Medicine Hat, December 19th, 2010 at the Medicine Hat Arena!

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

December 19, 2010, Sunday 7:00PM
$45.00 – $65.00
Medicine Hat Arena
155 Ash Avenue SE
Medicine Hat , AB T1A 3B1

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Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Hedwig & The Angry Inch

Being more of a punk rocker than a theatre-goer, when I caught wind of this production happening in Medicine Hat, I couldn’t resist getting on board. Here’s the scoop…

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical about a fictional rock and roll band (The Angry Inch) front by an East German transgender singer. The musical premiered off-broadway in 1998 and the film adaptation was released in 2000, starring and produced by writer John Cameron Mitchell.

The local production features 11 full songs, with the band on stage throughout the entire show, a band featuring a handful of local punk rock veterans (One Shot Left, Rex Stiff, Iverdale). You can guarantee this will be the heaviest rock musical to ever run in Medicine Hat!

When: March 12-13, 18-20
Where: Community Theatre Arts Centre (1221 10th Avenue SW)
Tickets: Adults – $24, Students – $19 (with valid student ID)
Tickets available online at or by phoning Della Jesse at 403-502-3477.

(Warning: The following move-clip has some coarse language)

Helen Poster

Helen Poster

I attended the play Helen on Monday, March 30th and on the whole I enjoyed it.

The cast were well versed in their rolls and acted them out to perfection and the set was well put together. The videography was well done and the sound effects were good.

My only quarrels are these:

The play promotes something that seems like a mix of Hollywood and Spartan culture; however, the only time this became apparent really was near the end of the first act, near the end of the intermission, and the start of the second act. During these events, one of the actresses “up and quits” and is replaced by another. Other situations are the main actress being modeled after Marilyn Monroe, and some mannerisms that reflect and parallel the attitudes and actions of present day culture.

These things aside, it was a fun experience to partake in and a welcome change to that of a movie or watching television. It is a different experience entirely to watch something on screen and know how many times it must have taken someone to get the line just right or act their part just right, then sit down to a play, that takes hours, days, or weeks to get down and present that just right for the audience.

It was a great performance, you, the cast and crew of Helen.

Helen Cast - Photo from Facebook

Helen Cast - Photo from Facebook

See the original post for Helen here.
Facebook group (with pictures)

Lindsey Sine from the Loudly Whispered Theatre writes into us:

From the people who brought you Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol last December comes one of David French’s most beautiful stories about the Mercer family. Loudly Whispered Theatre is proud to present Soldier’s Heart by David French. Set in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1924, the play focuses on the young son of a soldier who fought in World War I. The boy confronts his dad to relive the horrific memories of war on July 1, 1916 that still haunt and torment his father eight years later.

Soldier's Heart. Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier's Heart - Courtesy of Loudly Whispered Theatre

Soldier’s Heart runs in Medicine Hat, AB at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in the Studio Theatre with four nightly shows and four matinees. Showtimes are Friday April 24th at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday April 25th – 26th at 2:00 PM. Then Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 30 – May 2nd at 8:00 PM, and a matinee on Saturday & Sunday, May 2nd – 3rd at 2:00 PM. Cost to see this play is $24.00 + S/C, GST. Seniors and Legion Members $20.00 + S/C, GST. from April 24-26 & April 30-May 3. Purchase tickets by calling 403-502-8777 or online at

March 27th, 28th and on the 30th the College Players at the Medicine Hat College will be presenting “Helen: A Spartan Love Story”. The show will take place at 7:30PM each night but there will also be a matinee at 10AM on March 31st.

Helen - Email Handout

Helen - Email Handout

Written Description:

“What you might know about Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships” is a ruse.  Helen was in Egypt the whole time the Trojan War was being fought. Helen’s image was used as bait by Aphrodite to lure a foreign prince while Helen biding her time awaiting news about the war being fought over “her”. Helen’s rightful husband, Menelaus, is shipwrecked in Egypt and discovers the reason for his entire expedition to Troy (and it’s destruction) was a false trail. The new Pharaoh doesn’t intend to honor his father’s agreement to keep her safe but plans to force her to marry him instead. Will they escape Egypt in time?”

This stage adaption of Helen: A Spartan Love Story is a look into what might of happened if 20th Century Fox asked Marilyn Monroe to film this project. Be sure to come check out this nostalgic mash-up of Sparta, Troy, Egypt and 1950’s actors and actresses. Thanks to Charleen Wilson for this submission.

Blair Lukacs, Deborah-lee Balmer, Ian Wearmouth, Bradford Thomson, Heather Midori Pautler, Dara Sutton, Hannah Rud, Mike Coughlan, Kayla McLeod, Whitney Kambeitz, Amber-Dawn Elizabeth Moore, Riley Schentag, Kristen Olson

College Players presents
A Spartan Love Story
March 27th, 28th and 30th at 7:30 p.m.
March 31st, matinee at 10 a.m.
College Theatre
Tickets $15 + s/c + GST

Facebook group (with pictures)
View Sean’s review of Helen here.



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