Students encouraged to see shows
The James and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre has an exciting and unique season ahead for 2017-2018. Featuring artists such as Gordon Bamford, the Barenaked Ladies, John McDermott and 54.40 Unplugged, the season boasts a collection diverse of musical talent.
Other shows include world-renowned spoken word poet Shane Koyczan, Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, and Shumka Ukrainian Dancers. In the comedic realm, Colin Mochrie from “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and Debra McGrath from “Little Mosque on the Prairie” will be part of the season along with comedy queen Anne Marie Scheffler of Just For Laughs and the Comedy Network.
Nick Beach, general manager, and Tanya Pattullo, patron services manager, both encourage students to come to shows. The new Cabaret Series is in a more intimate setting with adult geared content and alcohol service.
“One of the reasons we started the Cabaret Series was because we wanted to have a beer in our hands while watching comedy,” said Pattullo. “From the student perspective, the Cabaret Series is a bit of a different atmosphere and it’s really popular,” said Beach.
Beach said they put a lot of care into deciding which artists to select for the season. “The Presentation Series is a mixed bag of artists with a little bit of everything,” said Beach.
The Family Series is an all ages collection of free shows open to anyone in the community. “Our goal is to fill the theatre and expose the artist to as many people as we can,” said Beach.
Pattullo said that they would love to engage with students more. “We know they’re all busy and somewhat hard to reach,” said Pattullo.
Pattullo and Beach said that they hope the mixed program will appeal to students. “All of our shows have student pricing to try and make it a little bit easier. We think that students will find some of it really interesting,” said Beach.
Beach said that the building is open to the public between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. “We’re open and on-campus as a public building, just like the forum. If you’re looking for someplace quiet or to get away, we have it full of furniture,” said Beach.
Beach and Pattullo said that they hope students feel welcome because the building is part of Augustana campus. “We also host lots of student events and we’ll always partner with the ASA,” said Beach.
Season Schedule 2017-18
- Nov. 9, 8:00 p.m.
Honkytonk Experience with Donny Lee
- Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
This is That
- Nov. 16, 8:00 p.m.
Derina Harvey Band
- Nov. 17, 8:00 p.m.
The Polar Express Movie
- Nov. 19, 2:00 p.m.
Outerbridge Clockwork Mysteries
- Dec. 7, 8:00 p.m.
Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever
- Dec. 8, 8:00 p.m.
Shumka Presents Clara’s Dream
- Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Shumka Presents Clara’s Dream
- Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Handel’s Messiah presented by Red Deer Symphony Orchestra
- Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Free Every Other Weekend
- Jan. 12, 8:00 p.m.
- Jan. 19, 8:00 p.m.
- Jan. 27, 2:00 p.m.
- Jan. 28, 2:00 p.m.
Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath
- Jan. 30, 8:00 p.m.
Jesus Christ Superstar
- Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 21, 8:00 p.m.
Hank Williams – live 1952
- Feb. 23, 8:00 p.m.
- Feb. 24, 2:00 p.m.
Anastasia – Canada’s Ballet Jorgen
- Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m.
- Mar. 28, 8:00 p.m.
- May. 2, 8:00 p.m.