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Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the musical - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 the musical
takes to the Paramount Theatre stage!

9 to 5 Paramount Theatre  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Paramount Theatre/Maple Tops December 13, 14, 15, 16,

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  December 13. 2017    (LSN)  9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s. this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

The high energy Broadway musical 9 to 5 with music by Dolly Parton is taking to the Paramount Theatre stage this week.

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Arts & Heritage Awards  - Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thunder Bay Seeks Submissions
for Arts & Heritage Awards 

Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards  2018  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  2017 award winners 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 7, 2017   (LSN) The achievements and contributions of local artists & historians, cultural professionals, organizations and supporters will be celebrated at the 8th Annual Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards, presented by the Copperfin Credit Union, on Feb. 23, 2018, at Magnus Theatre.  The awards show is sponsored by CBC Thunder Bay and Magnus Theatre.

Submissions are now being accepted in a wide range of categories from music, film and heritage to cultural sponsor and lifetime achievement.  In total, there are 16 award categories.

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MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Magnus Presents Holiday Classic Holiday Tale -
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

 Magnus Presents MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts L to R Kevin Hare, Alison J. Palmer, Anne-Sophie Lalonde, Douglas E. Hughes, Walter Learning, Sandy Winsby, Kael Ewan Napper, Jessica Krasnichuk, Andrew Cecon, Andrew Paulsen

At Macy’s department store in New York City, Christmas is big business. By chance they’ve hired a man named Kris Kringle as this year’s Santa Claus. His unconventional ways unleash waves of goodwill that turn Macy’s and the commercial world of Christmas in New York upside down. A classic for more than 70 years, this story of triumph of faith over greed and goodwill over commercialism is as relevant and meaningful as ever. Can one nice old man with whiskers change the lives of a world-weary mother, her little girl and all of New York City?

 Magnus Theatre presents Miracle On 34th Street, a wonderful stage adaptation of the family favourite to give merriment and meaning back to this holiday season from December 7-23

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Classic Tales - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Paramount Live presents Classic Tales

Paramount Live presents Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   November 28, 2017  (LSN)  This week Paramount Live presents Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS as directed by Theresa Thibert with an opening act by Theatre Babies Goldilocks and the Three Bears as directed by Jack Kotanen. These productions take to the Paramount Theatre stage on November 30, December 1, 2, 2017.

Disney's Sleeping Beauty KIDS tells the classic fairy tale of Princess Aurora's sixteenth birthday, and three fairies – Flora, Fauna and Merryweather who must use their magic to save her from the spell of the evil sorceress, Maleficent!

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Lakehead Choral Group - Sunday, November 26, 2017

"Spirit of Christmas Concert"

Lakehead Choral Group  "Spirit of Christmas Concert"  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakehead Choral Group at Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  November 26, 2017   (LSN)  Thunder Bay's own Lakehead Choral Group will perform their annual "Spirit of Christmas Concert" on December 6 at at St. Agnes Church.

The choir performing at Chartwell Isabella Retirement Residence on November 26. Their 2017 Christmas repertoire consists entirely of pieces by Canadian composers or arrangers. It's a festive end-of-the-year tribute to Canada's 150th birthday.

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Season of Song’ concerts  - Saturday, November 18, 2017

UW-Superior presents
​ ‘Season of Song’ concerts' 

‘Season of Song’ concerts at Cathedral of Christ the King  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  at Cathedral of Christ the King

SUPERIOR, Wis. -  November 18, 2017  (LSN)   The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department presents its 20th annual “Season of Song” Winter Choral Concerts on Sunday, December 3, at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior.

The program will include both traditional carols and fun holiday tunes performed by the UW-Superior Chamber Strings, directed by Dr. Erin Aldridge, and the UW-Superior Choirs and Festival Orchestra directed by Dr. Katherine Chan,

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Paramount Live’s SUPER BATTLE - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paramount Live’s
 SUPER BATTLE: THE WEST AND THE MIRROR WORLD

Paramount Live  SUPER BATTLE  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    crafted under the directorial leadership of Spencer Hari

THUNDER BAY ONTARIO -  November 14, 2017   (LSN)  This week Paramount Live’s Fall/Winter 2017 season’s first production takes to the stage with an original play titled SUPER BATTLE: THE WEST AND THE MIRROR WORLD.

Super Battle: The West and the Mirror World is a play that was crafted under the directorial leadership of Spencer Hari. Like one of his previous productions for Paramount Live Ozlahoma, was crafted by the kids enrolled in the program. Through their ideas and uniquely developed characters, Spencer Hari takes their thoughts and story ideas and weaves them into one seamless story.

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Hovland and Regional artisan crafters - Monday, November 13, 2017

Hovland and Regional artisan crafters
Christmas Show

Hovland Christmas Art Craft Sale   Lake Superior News

HOVLAND, MINNESOTA  -  November 13, 2017   (LSN)  Chestnut roasting on the open fire.  Jack Frost nipping at the nose.    The festive holiday season is descending upon us once again with its nose chills and creative holiday warmth.  

Once more our local Hovland and regional artisan crafters are gearing up for another pre-Christmas sale of their fine and exquisite handiwork and wares.  This annual winter HAF (Hovland Arts Festival) event will be held at the Hovland Town Hall in Hovland, MN, 4957 E. Highway 61 on November 25th from 10am-4pm.

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CCR Band Live At The Mack - Monday, November 13, 2017

The CCR Band Live At The Mac

CCR Band    Lake Superior News

SHUNIAH, ONTARIO   November 13, 2017   (LSN) The CCR Band (aka The Cajun Country Rock Band) is a tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival and John Fogerty. The members of the band are myself, Andy Wolff on lead vocals, lead guitar and harmonica; Paul Cherwonick on rhythm guitar, background vocals; Arek Chamski on bass guitar, background vocals and Ernie Craig on drums, background vocals.

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In His Own Words - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words.
November 7th Trinty Hall

Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words.  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  November 7, 2017 marks the first anniversary of Leonard Cohen’s passing.

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   November 1, 2017  (LSN) Event organized to commemorate the passing of Leonard Cohen will feature a free screening of a documentary, Leonard Cohen: In His Own Words. 

The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A/discussion session

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Cook County Artists - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Artist Opportunities: professional development classes, exhibit calls and grants

Grand Marais Art Colony    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  Cook County Artists,

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  -  October 26, 2016   (LSN)  Art Colony has been working hard to create a curriculum of new classes that help artists develop their professional practice. 

The curriculum has four core areas: 1. Developing a Body of Work, 2. Enhancing Internal & External Communication, 3. Goal-Setting for Advancement, and 4. Financial Fluency. This Fall we are initiating the first few classes in this curriculum. We hope you will join us!

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The cast of Mom's Gift tackle family drama and comedy - Monday, October 23, 2017

Cambrian Players opens its season with an award-winning comedy "Mom’s Gift"

Cambrian Players presents Mom’s Gift by Phil Olson, directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  By Phil Olson, directed by Beverley Gravelle-MacLeod

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  October 23, 2017   (LSN) Cambrian Players opens its season with an award-winning comedy about a family reunion one September afternoon in small-town Minnesota. It is Dad’s birthday and the family gathers round, including the ghost of Mom, who is visible to only one of the assembled. 

Mom’s ghost has returned to the family home with a mission so that she can get into heaven, but she isn’t quite sure which of the family issues she needs to help resolve in order to be successful. The issues become apparent through the afternoon, but not all need Mom’s help.

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Symphony Virgins concert - Friday, October 20, 2017

Symphony Virgins concert aims to tempt newbies

Symphony Virgins concert   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts  audience will get to eat 4 different kinds of chocolate

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   October 20, 2017  -  (LSN)   The question is, “are you experienced?” When it comes to orchestral music the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure you are! And that might be a very good thing.

    Next Wednesday evening, the TBSO’s Conductor-in-Residence, Simon Rivard, is going to lift the covers off the classics and light classics, just for you.

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Art & Fine Crafts Market - Thursday, October 19, 2017

Artisans Northwest  Celebrating 42 years Art & Fine Crafts Market

Artisans Northwest    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   November 11 & 12th  Valhalla Inn  7 rooms  75 Artists

2017, will be the groups 42nd year of continuously operating our Art and Fine Craft Show. It runs the second week in November, Saturday November 11, 10-5, and Sunday November 12, 10-4.  This years show is bigger and better as we will be occupying all seven rooms at the Valhalla Inn, in Thunder Bay with over 75 artists taking part. Entry to the show is free but we do a voluntary silver collection and donate part of the proceeds to an art related grouping Thunder Bay. This years recipient will be Willow Springs Creative Centre.

We are the only juried show in the region.  In order for an artist to become a member, an application for jurying is submitted to the jurying committee.  The committee of selected members come together twice a year to jury new applicants work.

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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor

Magnus Theatre  Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor  Lake Superior News
#LSN_News  Magnus Theatre

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  October 17, 2017   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre presents Only Drunks and Children,  Tell the TruthWinner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the heartwarming, emotional and funny story of Janice, an Indigenous woman adopted by a white family, who returns to the reserve in the wake of her birth mother's funeral. Janice finds herself struggling to find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present... connecting these two lives is proving to be a challenge.  

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is a story that straddles the line between realistic-comedy and tragedy with the four central figures balancing the spectrum of existence in Indigenous culture. It takes a peek into the mindset of a community rocked not only by a death in the family but forces a hard look into conflicts of identity, “the scoop” and life in Otter Lake.

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Collective Creation Project - Friday, October 13, 2017

Play creation project for high school students, called the Collective Creation Project

Collective Creation Project
#LSN_Arts     Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre runs an annual play creation project for local high school students, called the Collective Creation Project. With the guidance of professional theatre staff, students from across the city come together to write a play on a social issue affecting Thunder Bay. Students are involved in all aspects of the creation of the play, from writing to acting and stage managing.

The Collective Creation Project is offered at no cost to our students. This is a free program for them to participate in. They will be given the chance to enhance their theatrical skills no matter what role they play in the process.

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Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event

WESTFORT,  ONTARIO   October 10, 2017   (LSN) The restaurant often teams up with the Capitol Players to present an evening of fun with a Murder Mystery.  This October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event.  The background story is that Dracula met Mama Alfa when she was employed as his chef in his Transylvanian castle. Her recipes are from ancient texts she found in the Castle’s libraries - specifically from the collection of the Scholomance – a magical teaching school (which explains Mama’s supernaturally delicious sauces and pasta.)  Dracula fell in love with Alfa and every Halloween he shows up and tries to sweep her away from Ralph and back to Transylvania.  Of course, someone has to kill him and everyone gives their theory and there are prizes.  But Dracula never dies so he is sure to live again next Halloween.  Many guests come in costume, others don’t but all receive a copy of The Alfa Report newsletter, which provides background to the plot.

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Choreographer Beats The Odds - Monday, September 25, 2017

We Will Rock You Choreographer Beats The Odds

choreographer Julie Tomaino Magnus  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Magnus's choreographer Julie Tomaino

The Thunder Bay debut of choreographer Julie Tomaino resulted in the energetic display of talent that brings We Will Rock You to life at Magnus Theatre. Julie’s story is a courageous tale of the dancer’s spirit, passion and a determination to beat the odds.
 
Earlier this year, Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie invited Julie to join the We Will Rock You production team.  Julie, who has a successful career as a choreographer and director, readily accepted, thrilled at the opportunity to work in Thunder Bay on the first regional theatre production of the Queen musical.  Life, however, was going to throw her a curve ball.

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Thunder Con - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thunder Con 2017 Warps


Thunder Con 2017  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ Imperial Forces that are headed to Thunder Con 2017 at the Valhalla Inn

It's that time of year again Thunder Con 2017 Warps into the Valhalla Inn on Saturday September 23 from 10am till 10 pm and Sunday September 24 from 10am till 5pm from daily.

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and activities in the game zone , vendor areas kids zone area , artists areasnd Many other activities and Cosplay Costume shows contests and more also special guest panels and special guests from around the country and beyond,

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Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU  held over

Magnus Theatre WE WILL ROCK YOU
#LSN_Arts   Held over until September 30th

, WE WILL ROCK YOU has been held over for an extra week until September 30, 2017. Critics and theatre-goers are spellbound by the Bohemian Rhapsody, with their favourite Queen songs being brought to the stage in this sensational production.

Adam Charles and Jessie Cox delight audiences as the cute yet rebellious pairing of Galileo and Scaramouche and the villainous duo of Gabi Epstein and Spencer Hari absolutely “kill” it as Killer Queen and Khashoggi, respectively. Not to be outdone, the phenomenal high-energy rocker-rebel personas of Amy Sellors as OZ and Ryan G. Hinds as Brit. The rest of the cast are providing thrilling performances in front of a live rock band led by Danny Johnson.

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39th Season 2017-2018 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Golden Violin  Consortium Aurora Borealis

Consortium Aurora Borealis The Golden Violin   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 10, 2017   (LSN) To open the Consortium Aurora Borealis 39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”, with the programme “The Golden Violin”, an apt title for the sounds you will hear. We are delighted and honoured to welcome back Thomas Cosbey, Concertmaster of the TBSO, and pianist Heather Morrison, two favourites of Thunder Bay audiences.

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The Art of Reading and Writing - Friday, September 8, 2017

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Art of Reading and Writing Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    The Art of Reading and Writing 

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  - September 8, 2017   (LSN)  The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.

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ShubniahFest 2017 - Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Annual ShuniahFest September 8th and 9th The Zep Show

ShuniahFest    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   The Zep Show  Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge

The Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge is throwing the First Annual ShuniahFest this September 8th and 9th 2017.  We have received such overwhelming support from the community over the past year, but especially over the last few summer months that we felt we should do something to return the favour and give other small independent businesses a chance to get their name out and showcase what it is they have to offer.  

This year, we have decided to allow these businesses and vendors free admission into the festival, and also have decided to donate 5% of our ticket sales to Macgregor Rec Centre in Shuniah, to go towards their children’s programs.  MacGregor Rec Centre is also donating their time Saturday September 9th 2017 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm to run children’s activities during our Festival.

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Great Changes at Magnus - Saturday, September 2, 2017

"And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.” 

Thom Currie Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Thom Currie   Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   September 2, 2017   (LSN) Thom Currie has just celebrated a significant milestone: He has now officially spent one year in Thunder Bay as Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director.
 
“That’s right,” he grins on a break from rehearsal.  “I drove into Thunder Bay last year on August 28th and started work on August 29th.  It’s been a great year.”
 
The upcoming season at Magnus Theatre is the first that Currie has programmed for Thunder Bay audiences, and he has promised a revolution.  He chuckles at the reference.
 
“A revolution, any revolution, is marked by change, a change in the way things are done.  And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.”

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Magnus Theatre in Education Fall Programs - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Magnus Theatre in Education Announces Fall Programming

Magnus Education  Fall Programming    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    Magnus Education 

Thunder Bay, ON - It’s a revolution at Magnus Theatre! Magnus is excited to launch several new Theatre in Education programs for the 2017/2018 season.

Magnus is revamping the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S CHALLENGE, after a hiatus of more than a decade. Playwrights between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to submit scripts between September 8th, 2017 and February 28th, 2018. The scripts will undergo an adjudication process, and a winner and two runners up will be chosen to have their scripts workshopped on the mainstage. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded.

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Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations at the Waverley

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts      Vinyl Listening Stations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 29, 2017    (LSN)  Libraries are transitioning from buildings full of books to community hubs forlifelong learning and in the spirit of adding a Business Incubator, Northern Nature Trading Centre and other hands-on opportunities for learning and exploring creativity, we are happy to announce TBPL’s newest installation - vinyl record listening stations.


The two record players are located upstairs at the Waverley Library. The area also features a music-inspired painting by local award-winning artist Duncan Weller and other decorations which reflect the musical history of Thunder Bay’s past. Users may select from a curated collection of fifty vinyl albums.

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Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore for fall colors

Plein Air Grand Marais Lake Superior News
#LSN_ Arts    Grand Marais Art Colony

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA,  August 27, 2017  (LSN)   Plein Air Grand Marais is just around the corner! Venture up the North Shore for fall colors and meet over 60 artists painting throughout Cook County in this friendly painting competition September 8 – 14th, followed by an exhibition showcasing artist’s work September 15th – October 29th

 Since 1947 the Art Colony has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuit due to Art Colony founder Birney Quick’s vision to form an outdoor painting school. 

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Lakeview African Children’s Choir - Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lakeview Presbyterian Church hosting African Children’s Choir

African Children’s Choir Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 26, 2017  (LSN)  Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions (2005, 2008 and 2015).

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites.  Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. 

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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ - Friday, August 18, 2017

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tou
#LSN_Outdoors    Fall Studio Tour’

Cook County, Minnesota. – August 18, 2017 –   (LSN) A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. 

The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

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Badanai Theatre presents GREASED - Summer Theatre with a Twist - Monday, August 14, 2017

Badanai Theatre presents GREASED
#LSN_Arts   Badanai Theatre presents GREASED 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   August 14, 2017   (LSN)  Greased takes us back to 1959 and it’s back to school for Danielle Zippo (Carly Martin), the leader of the T-Birdies the "mean girls" of Rydell High, and new “good boy” Sandy Olsen (Hudson Drew Morash) who try to relive the high romance of their “summer nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances it way through popular 50’s tunes such as “Yakety-Yak”, “Leader of the Pack”, “Book of Love”, “Mama Said”, “The Twist”, and many more. The cast is rounded out with Buddy Rizzo (Micheal Bogensberger) a shy, rather awkward young geek who befriends Sandy, Penelope (Katherine Nemec) as Danielle’s best friend and a great mechanic and fighter of boys, Sunny (Olivia McInnis) who enjoys putting other people on by pretending she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Mr. Jack Hass (Spencer Hari) an algebra teacher, Chess club coach and Glee club adviser. This actors cast in these roles will surely deliver a full throttle of laughs in this production of Greased.

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