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Battle of the Buskers variety show for CentreFest

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Battle of the Buskers

CentreFest’s 2nd Annual “Battle of the Buskers” fundraising event, presented by Troubled Monk, returns to Bo’s Bar and Grill, Friday, April 5th

An event showcasing local musicians and variety performers including standup comedy, magic, juggling, and even sword swallowing! 

The selected performers will battle it out with their very best performances on the Bo’s Stage for their chance to win $1000. Audience members are invited to help decide the winner by voting with the Busker Bucks they receive with their admission. 

Chelsea Bates, Event Chair and Board of Directors, promises that this year will be even better! “We were really excited that is was so well received last year. The interaction of the event brings a new form of participation that hasn’t really been done before – and it proved to be a lot of fun for everyone. This process also helps familiarize people with how street performers earn their living, typically by “Busking”.  This year, we’re raising the bar to make it even more interactive and we’re really excited to share it with you!” 

For tickets and more information, find “CentreFest” on Facebook, and click, Events.

Meet one of the buskers who’ll be performing…

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School presents Legally Blonde The Musical

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Elle Woods is making her debut in Red Deer as Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School presents Legally Blonde The Musical.

Shows run March 12-13 and March 16-17 at Red Deer Polytechnic.

“The aim is to offer students a new style, genre or era of musical theatre each year, so that by the time they graduate they have experienced a variety of styles. Last year, we worked on Annie, so this year, Legally Blonde came from wanting to do something a little more contemporary. It’s got a pop-rock score and some more challenging content, which the high school students were excited for,” said Tara Koett, Teacher at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School. “The show is based on the film, which is based on a book.”

According to Lindsay Thurber’s website Legally Blonde The Musical is, “A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!”

“It’s really campy and self aware, ridiculous and clever. For those familiar with the movie, it’s quite similar and maybe a little cheekier,” said Koett. “It’s been a lot of fun, it’s very high energy, and it has a really beautiful and empowering message.”

About 70 students (and two canine actors) are involved in the production, which includes the cast, pit band, and technical theatre students. Koett added the students are giving their all.

“It’s been a really steep learning curve given the fact that in the past two years, their learning has been interrupted because of the pandemic,” she said. “It’s daunting and so exciting to see them start to revisit the skills they haven’t had the chance to use. It’s also the first time in two years that we’ve been able to have our cast and the pit band performing together. It’s really exciting and the energy is palpable.”

Koett said she encourages people to purchase tickets, even if they don’t have a connection to the school community.

“If you love live theatre and you love to laugh – the breadth and depth of work that these students have accomplished is incredible,” she said. “Our pit band is playing the same score that a Broadway Pit Orchestra would play; they are working so hard. The cast and technicians are also working so hard – I am amazed every day. The quality of their work is exceptional.”

 

Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit the Red Deer Polytechnic ticket website, or https://www.rdpsd.ab.ca/lindsaythurber/_ci/p/82938. For a sneak preview of the process, follow @thurbertheatre on Instagram or Facebook.

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Terrific performances featured on the Ross Street Patio

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Kick off Family Day weekend with a show by Red Deer’s own Ten02

Music fans won’t want to miss out on a range of terrific performances coming up on the Ross Street Patio.

‘Music on the Ross Street Patio’ continues Feb. 18 with popular Red Deer-based band Ten02. “The performance is a kick-off to the Family Day weekend,
so we will also have the hot chocolate out again, and the photo booth. It will be a really great evening of family fun,” explained Chelsey Ward, special events coordinator for the Downtown Business Association.

The Patio’s music season was officially launched on Feb. 11 with a special Valentine’s Day event featuring tunes from Simon Donovan and Amanda Mitchell, free Valentine’s hot chocolate, a ‘Date Night’ giveaway valued at $100 and a themed-photo booth.

Visitors could cozy up by one of the fire tables under a canopy of sparkling lights while listening to superb local talent.

Folks could also check out the ‘Locks of Love’ installation and add one of their own to celebrate the occasion with their significant other.

“It was great!” said Ward of the Feb. 11 event. “The Ross Street Patio really provides such a romantic ambience to begin with under that canopy of light and the fire tables. It’s really beautiful. We also had the trees decorated with hearts, and of course the Locks of Love was decorated. “The weather was also just right – cold enough to be cozy! The businesses’ patios also filled up with attendees and spectators, too. So, the words to describe it would be ‘vibrant’ and ‘thriving’ – there was a lot of excitement on the patio that evening,” she added.

Music on the patio has been an exciting feature for several years through the warmer months with performances running Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This year marks the first time performances have been scheduled in the winter season, which falls in line with the current ‘year-round’ nature of the Ross Street Patio.

And there is no doubt that residents are loving it.

“Feedback from last Friday’s performance showed a great deal of appreciation from both residents and businesses,” explained Ward. “The Ross Street Patio is such a loved feature of the downtown, so it’s very exciting to be able to celebrate it year-round. There’s a lot of excitement, and people are happy to be there.” Another goal is to just generally increase traffic and overall awareness about all that downtown Red Deer has to offer, she said.

“The downtown is just such a great place to take a walk, explore and come across really unique small businesses, and to enjoy the roots and the culture of our historic downtown, too. Then you can stop by the Ross Street Patio for a live musical performance – there is just so much to see and do. “Right now is also a great time to visit the downtown – we have our ‘ShopDowntown2Win’ promotion going on,” she said.

ShopDowntown2Win is an exciting promotion involving a weekly $1,000 draw – $500 to keep and $500 to share with a local business, Ward explained. “All shoppers need to do is submit a picture of any receipts of $25 or more from any business in the downtown or Capstone area to www.shopdowntown2win.com.” Draws take place every Tuesday until March 8th when there will be a draw for a $1,500 grand prize!

“If shoppers can’t make it downtown every week, they can also participate by writing glowing google reviews about downtown and Capstone businesses,” she added. “It’s a great time to check things out and then enter to potentially win a great prize!”

As to the ongoing music series, folks can check out The Red Hot Hayseeds on March 17. Additional shows feature Jaydin Vonkeman on April 1, Jeremy Doody and Dom Benzer on April 7, and Stephen Scott and guests on April 14.

More exciting performances down the road include Kayla Williams on April 21, Jay Bowcott and Syd Zadravec on April 28 and heading into May don’t miss The Rebecca Raabis Family Band on May 5, James Adams (May 12) and Dean Ray on May 19.

‘Music on the Ross Street Patio’ is a free event and is open to all ages. All performances run from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on show nights.

Also, according to the DBA, dates that fall on or near holidays will also feature giveaways, themed-décor, photo booths as well as free hot chocolate and/or activity booths along with the regular performances.

For more about the Downtown Business Association and all that is planned for the Ross Street Patio, find them on Facebook or visit www.downtownreddeer.com.

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