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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1KI irrrlEKIDGf HERALD luc-jjoy, January 9, 1973------------------- Drama and theatre play major roles for actors By JVD1 W.M.KER ol The Herald It's Dot aH wcrk and no for theatre groups in southern Arrerta though per- are only oae facet o: tbcte group's activities. Tbe three main theatre in the arc-a excl'-iding lie Leihbridae Misical The- atre1 are Tbe Coaiclale Lit'le Theatre. Lethbridge Youth Tne- atre and Lcthbridge Playgoers There are groups in most of the junior and senior high schools. the Lethbridje Community Coi- leee and University of L e 11- bndge. CO.VLDAl.E LITTLE THEATRE Tbe Coaldale 'Uvt'e Thealrt has been organized for 10 years. In that time, the group has WEDDING GIFT! INCLUDED WITH YOUR WEDDING INVITATION ORDER! Puzzled with your Wedding Plans? Pick up your FREE QUESTION AND ANSWER CIRCULAR YCJ v. ill fine ihe fc a'jesticrs mcs? eorrncnlv cskec by b'ices-'o-be nnm L-CLJ. THE HERALD PRINTERS BOX 516 LE7HBSIDGE _ PHONE 327-3203 Cor. 7ih St. end Ave. S. Pcsi Acenl VKN DECOUX Eloirm cr cell 562-2149 produced 21 mnjor and Tn won nuraeroiis aw-arris. and donated funds to drama iriented protrps. the CLT officially em- erK-d as a groiro in 1952, three pbys had slready been produc- ed by staff members ef the Coaldale Consolidated School Then the Consolidated School became the Dew R. I. School; more members of the became interesled Ln drama: and the school with Its improved 5tasre facilities, be- ranw the home base for ibe group. This "mutually1 beneficial al- behveen the school z-td the community has worked 'K-eU. according 10 director Mur- ray J. Rc-bison. the school pro- vides the space, time and utili- ties the group equips :be school dressincs. lights, so'-uxi equipmeaL make- 20 i: uror. sc'Jviry the group i? LT. There are EO re- on n-.e-ibership: no see fee, bership list, coostitutioc or reeular "neetiscs. One fication. possible, is that cast, crew aad locality be of the Coaitkle Tne CLT's first ma.'or prc- duc'Joa wa? Noel Coward's Bliibe Spirit a play eboyt s I33E by trio spiri' his first Tiife aixl by his second. Tte group's las; was MEMORIALS H By MASTER CRAFTSMEN IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Also Balmoral Red and Oxford Grey Granite Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL TILE WORKS LIMITED 325 8th ST. S., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-3920 the 196S production erf John Sycge's Playboy oi the Western WorW, an Irish epic about a young man who seems a hero for having killed his father until his father arrears. The iras invited 10 present thi5 shosr in the non- competitive Western Canada Arts Festival in Lethbridge. The group also took part in a festival of cce-act plays spon- sored by the Allied .Arts Coun- cil in 1971. Although the group is not working on anything right it is "by no means dead and buried1' according to Mr. Rob- ison. Pyodudion. be said, de- pends upon Lho discovery of a play which the members and director feel they ivani to do for their cnra satisfaction as well as the enjoyment of others, and I: is possible that the CLT will "hit tbe boards again early next year.'1 Production oi clsys is not the croup's objective. Mr. Robison said the members of the group liie So think that they "do what we do for the krce of it" as as providing a training grmmd for becoming better actors ard techaidaas. In addiuon to participating: in theatre, the group sponsors workshops, provides scholar- ships, encourages and co-oper- s'fe with other groups, assists tbe school drama program, provides better thestre facili- ties in the school supports the Lethhrldge Allied Arts Ccuccil. It has also spoiisored a lew bake sales and lotteries in order to reise funds to get the group smarted and to send the members to Dominion Drama Festivals in Eastern Canada. Tbe members of the group have been aesthetically reward- ed for their Of seren major productions, they've re- ceived awards for best play four tunes aixi honorable men- tion twice as well as winning awards for best director (Eve best actor (three best actress fhrice1. azxj best stage (four 2M several awards for suixwroriS roles. lETirBRIDGE YOLTH THEATRE Tx Lethbricke You'.'r, The- r.'ce was o-j: o: a rec-jest to '.he Allied Arts Council cy L- the Socth- Albera High School IDE Li drams. L- April 1S70, Joan Ws'crfie'.d. a locU ac- tress. hos'-ess, and the councils manager, and about 30 stisjects. plunged i-Tto a series G: ixsic acting clashes. Tbe group's firn project was the prod-jc-Jcc ci Your Own Thins, a hi: rock Two plays'. asd Tbe la Group were perfonrjec at the IST1 Fesuval of COTIHIU 3 i t y Theatre. Tbe Play- ers section performed three plays the Bowman .Arts Lre last wL-iier in connection with Young Boos Weei and again this Jdy. The group now has a mem- bership ranging Irrai 50 to 100. There are no aee restrictions, and the group 13 always OG the lookout for older persons "rto are interested. LYT isn't really a production company. Mrs. Watenleld says the members are involved la every facet of public perform- ances. Members have ushered acd appeared in Lothbridge Musical Theatre productions, they paint sets, in the cloak room, serve corree in the Yates and wort backstage for other local shows. Mrs. Water-Geld said it oper- ates on a project basis so tbe members can all get involved. At the moment, one croup ta working on Archie ar.d Mefaila- bel and another usrjered for to LMT production of Man of La Mancha. Helping Mrs. ta the realm of set acd design and costime design are Cathy Evtas. Carol Wattia- fon. and Hay JoUliie. ri-NYGOER'S CLLT3 The Playgoer's roots gn back atoost 50 ;-eirs. The cluh started 35 f. lettCT to The Herald drama enthusiasts in January of 1923. Tnere was only ose bat the letter's writer. E G. Stern- dale Bennett, an who had helped form theatre groups in Moose Jaw a-d Med- icine Hat before rr.ovL-g to Lethbridge. was He called a meeting the fo'iowing week which was bettfr attendr ed. The Playgoer's C'jb. with a hoard of officers, wa? formed. Soon the membership bad grown to about 3W. Tne stag. ing of their first pby "Going Vp" on April 9 and 10 that year proved to be a creat soc- cess and was billed by re- viewer as having ''set such t high standard it might be hard to keep up." From this group emerged another called Tbe- acre" under tbe direction of Mrs. Serndale Tbe club was formed and supported by the audiences, KT the play- ers. performer; part L: plays, but the rr.enibers in the socials and supported :he plays by ar.etxiiiig. In a ifx years were about :r. Mr. Bennett was insjin in Alberts. I- festival he'd in Ci> Playgoers presec'ed iii fchco1. for Scsrjcal." FTOH the idea o-i a fsstii-al the of the Dodinior1 Fes-LlvsL Mr. Beonett largely respoosib'e for of this gro'jp. :noved where he became the "yiyal Acaderr.y operated a Drama Tbe cjub now has z r ship o; Trv ceri: production wi? spear'5 Dream" in May of Plans for this year's tion are still at the committee stage. A compilation of the history is beiag made fo cial inn first Drama as also the for- In J332, Tcrfcto 'vel ta