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Empress hosts Vaudeville show

Vaudeville returns to the stage of the historic Empress Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.
Vaudeville features the talent of local performers as well as a play put on by children in the Empress Theatre’s summer drama camp.
Vaudeville is best described as a smorgasbord of talent from southern Alberta, in a style of performance that dates back to the earliest days of the Empress, which was built in 1912.
“I’m very excited for this years line-up,” drama camp program co-ordinator Michael McTighe said. “We are featuring a lot of great local talent and we are super excited to see everyone perform.”
“Most notably we have John Wort Hannam performing again this year,” McTighe said. “We also have will all also be singing, we also have that will be dancing.”
Singer-songwriter and Juno Award nominee John Wort Hannam headlines the Vaudeville line-up.
Also joining the Vaudeville line-up are singers Rebecca Runions, Zoe Nelson and Dusty Litchfield, and dancers Dayleighn Dietrich and Payton Hana.
It is always the goal of the Empress Theatre to give the audience a chance to appreciate the talent in Fort Macleod and district.
“We are hoping to showcase a lot of the great local talent that Fort Macleod has to offer,” McTighe said. “We think there are a lot of great performers from around here and are excited to give them a chance to perform in front of the community.”
The audience will experience a variety of acts, ranging from singing to acting to dancing.
“They should be excited to see a ton of very talented performers,” McTighe said.
This year’s Vaudeville theme is “Aliens in the Empress.”
McTighe and assistants Chelsie Harris and Abygail Wolff are working with the drama campers to develop a play related to the theme.
McTighe promises an exciting twist from the drama campers.
McTighe said the Vaudeville performance is always a highlight for the children who attend drama camp.
“They’re very excited,” McTighe said. “Being able to perform on one of the oldest stages in western Canada is always an honour for everyone who gets to perform on the stage.”
Tickets are available at the door.

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