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St. Albert Children’s Theatre is doing something it has never attempted in its history. The theatre troupe is engaging an adult actor for its upcoming winter production, A Christmas Story, The Musical.

This nostalgic award-winning holiday tale was introduced with a voice-over in the film and later the Broadway production simply added a narrator.

The narrator is the young hero of the story who’s now a 40-year-old man with a great deal of life experience behind him looking at his youthful past.

“We’re looking for a male either 40-plus or someone who can play 40 plus,” said SACT artistic director Janice Flower.

“We need a level of maturity as he tells the story.”

Actors interested in auditioning for the role of narrator are to prepare a monologue. They will also be expected to do a cold read, Flower said.

Auditions are on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the children’s theatre rehearsal space, 10A – 215 Carnegie Dr.

For further information email jflower@stalbert.ca.

It’s the 39th annual festival of culture, heritage and identity and it runs from Aug. 2 to 4 at Hawrelak Park.

The 2014 Servus Heritage Festival embraces diversity featuring 60 pavilions representing 85 cultures. It is the area’s only outdoor festival that allows visitors to sneak a global tour to foreign lands without buying an airplane ticket.

For most visitors, it’s about sampling spice-wrapped delicacies that tempt our curiosity – possibly goat curry or deep fried plantain chips with spicy cheddar sauce. But then there are always the mouthwatering sweets to cool the palate.

For others it’s about enjoying the performances or stopping at a trade market and purchasing crafts, artwork and clothing proudly representing a multiplicity of ethnic styles.

The festival uses a food ticket system to reduce lineups. Individual tickets are $1, six tickets $5, 12 tickets $10, 18 tickets for $15, 24 tickets for $20 or 30 tickets for $25.

Festival hours are Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There is no parking at Hawrelak Park and patrons are encouraged to use one of nine ETS transit locations throughout Edmonton. The park-and-ride locations are listed at www.heritage-festival.com.

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