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Cast, band in place for Empress Theatre’s Chickens

Life on the farm is explored in the latest production at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.
Rehearsals are under way for the musical romantic comedy Chickens, which will be presented in eight shows in May.
Chickens was written by Lucia Frangione with music by Royal Sproule, Lewis Frere, Mark Lewandowski and Jason Bertsch, and by arrangement with the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Chickens is the story of a farmer who is facing bankruptcy and the loss of his prairie farm and risks nearly everything by raising a flock of exotic chickens.
Life in the chicken coop strangely parallels the plight of their human characters, as a gaggle of hens and roosters scratch out a living producing eggs and contemplating the big questions of poultry life.
Erin Bourke Henderson is directing a cast that includes Michael Dyck as the farmer Pal and Petula Hofer as his wife Liza.
The chickens are Dale Risser as Nibs, Candice Larson as Stewer, Dino Vizzutti as Alphonso and Dona Guyette as Butterball.
Michael Ayotte is musical director and pianist in a band that includes Francis Krizan on guitar, Richard Feller on bass, Arnold McAulay on banjo and Kris Goodfellow on drums.
Laura Glover is vocal coach for Chickens.
Performances are at 7 p.m. May 21, May 22, May 23, May 28, May 29 and May 30 at 7 p.m., with 1 p.m. matinees on May 23 and May 30.
Tickets are available at the Empress Theatre box office on Main Street and at www.empresstheatre.ab.ca.

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