Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 06:00 am
Fort Edmonton Park’s Capitol Theatre is the new hotbed for Klondike melodramas.
Die-Nasty returns for a continuation of last year’s improvised hit, The Full Mountie from Sept. 4 to 6.
Audiences have been embracing the improvised plot and exaggerated characters. To date the series has included Brokeback Mountie and The Other Side of the Mountie.
This year’s improvised melodrama is dubbed She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountie where the man in the scarlet uniform plans to mine all the love he can from a girl with a heart of gold.
In true melodrama tradition there are two men in uniform, Douglas McKenzie (Tom Edwards) and Robert McKenzie (Kory Mathewson), along with school marm Emily LaZerte (Davina Stewart). And of course, there is a surprise villain.
“People love the style, the genre. The more you can poke fun at such a broad genre, the better it is. It’s great to improvise because you can break the fourth wall,” says Capitol Theatre artistic director Dana Anderson.
Last year, the cast attempted The Full Mountie, the first in a series with special guest SCTV comedian Joe Flaherty.
“It went gang busters and the audiences are still growing,” notes Anderson.
“We’re trying to be hysterically accurate as opposed to being historically accurate.”
The melodrama starts at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $20. Dinner and show is $49. Call 780-459-1542 or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Melissa Etheridge at the Jube
Melissa Etheridge has a knack for making waves in her personal and professional life. Never one to back down from an important issue, Etheridge has become a widely-acclaimed rock singer and an influential advocate for same sex rights.
This coming Wednesday, Sept. 3, Etheridge is bringing her This is Me Solo Tour to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium where she will display her versatile musicality on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica and piano.
Her special guest is none other than Fort Saskatchewan roots artist Joe Nolan. Before releasing his successful 2012 Goodbye Cinderella album, Nolan paid his dues as a busker at St. Albert Farmers’ Market for several seasons.
Since then he’s toured 170 shows in Europe and received a nomination as Best New Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In January 2014, he released Tornado, his follow-up album now available on iTunes.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $115 and are available at 1-855-985-5000 or at ticketmaster.ca.
LB’s Pub gets hopping
Closer to home the Kirby Sewell Band is playing their blend of pop-blues-rock tonight at LB’s Pub and Grill. The Calgary based band just released a new album, Girl With a New Tattoo, and they’ve been electrifying audiences across North America.
Staying true to their natures, the five-piece band reaches out with modern interpretations of stories that come from the depth of their soul.
The show starts at 8 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. LB’s is at 23 Akins Dr.