Gut-busting improv show will support local talents

By Kassidy Christensen

March 1, 2017 2:15 PM

In its fifth year, the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) Drama Department and Barons’ Court Theatre, along with Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA), will be hosting its annual fundraiser The Last Laugh: Improv Show & Fundraiser.
On March 12 at 7 p.m., guests will be treated to improv performances from the LCHS Improv Club Entertainers (LICE), the professional talents of Vancouver TheatreSports League main stage performers Scott Patey, Andrew Barber and Angela Galanopoulos and award-winning Canadian actor and comedian Colin Mochrie.
Simon Stang, drama teacher at LCHS, said he tries to make the show bigger and better every year.
“This show is definitely bigger and better because we’ve got headliner Colin Mochrie, very famous Canadian, infamous improviser around the world,” Stang said.
“The kids get a chance to get up on stage and perform as well as these guys from Vancouver TheatreSports League.
“It’s (a) pretty talent-packed evening, always hilarious, in the past our shows have always been really successful, nobody ever walks away without their gut aching from laughter,” Stang said.
Stang found bringing in big performers such as Mochrie—who Stang said is “very personable and very down to earth” —and the Vancouver TheatreSports League performers would hopefully inspire current and potential students to join the drama program.
Scott Patey, Lloydminster native and Vancouver TheatreSports League main stage performer is looking forward to coming back to his hometown to share his passion and said it’s “really special.”
Patey will be performing alongside fellow Vancouver TheatreSports League main stage performers Andrew Barber and Angela Galanopoulos and hopes to inspire up-and-coming kids.
Reminiscing about his time as a Holy Rosary High School student looking to pursue a career in the arts, one message Patey is looking to leave with the kids is “anything is possible.”
“If you love something, and it goes for anything … if you’re passionate enough about it and willing to put in the work, you’re going to be fueled by passion, it’s possible. I want to inspire kids,” Patey said.
“Everyone has self-doubts it’s scary, but it’s doable.
“I’m super excited, I can’t wait,” Patey said.
“I know we’re extremely looking forward to it and put on a hell of a show and look forward to seeing everyone out there.”
Alex McDonald, Gr. 12 student and performer with the LCHS Drama Department and LCHS Improv Club Entertainers, said performing alongside professional talents is inspiring to her and younger performers alike.
“(It’s inspiring) to see that you can make it in improv, if that’s what you want to do, and to kind of get better at our own improv by watching professionals do it, just taking tips from how they do it and applying that to how we do our improv,” McDonald said.
Audiences can get a sense of satisfaction that all proceeds from the performance will go directly back into the drama department, which “up to this point our drama club and improv club have been no cost to join,” Stang said.
“I always like that aspect about it because it allows kids from all walks of life to make sure that they don’t feel like they can’t afford to do these types of things,” he said.
Receiving such support from the community is “a pretty cool feeling for me and I’m sure the kids as well,” Stang said, with McDonald echoing the feeling and that “it’s just cool to know that the community wants to come out to our drama productions and our improv shows and has a good time with it.”
Tickets are selling fast but are still available, Stang said, and can be purchased for an early bird price of $35, which will go up to $45 on March 1.
Visit www.vicjubatheatre.com or at the Vic Juba Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday to purchase tickets.

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