Wednesday, 23 August 2017 14:24

Lyric Theatre feeling the love this summer

Written by  Joey Donnelly
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Swift Current and surrounding communities have shown their love for the Lyric Theatre this summer.

Last month, residents donated more than $45,000 towards the Lyric’s crowdfunding competition with the National Trust of Canada to refurbish the second floor. We later won the regional competition and gained another $30,000.
“I think we had a lot of believers that we could do it, because Swift Current is such a great community that supports us. We knew it once we got our believers on board that it was possible,” said Corla Rokochy, the Lyric Theatre’s program manager.
To generate excitement for the special campaign, Corla suggested we wheel an upright piano outside the Lyric’s main entrance on Central Avenue North.
The public responded enthusiastically. Young and old Lyric lovers tickled the ivories, sharing their music and memories of the theatre though videos shared on social media.
Another exciting event at the Lyric this summer is a free series of performances called Southwest CultureFest, presented by the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre in celebration of Canada 150.
The next performance is Saturday, Aug. 26, featuring Bengali song and dance, followed by a hip hop and spoken-word performance.
Jebunnessa Chapola is from Bangladesh and now lives in Saskatoon working as an activist, radio host, and singer. For this show she pairs her voice with Indian Harmonium and traditional dance.
Ahmad Majid is an Iraqi-Canadian poet who performs hip hop and spoken word across the country. 
Then on Saturday, Sept. 9, the final Southwest CultureFest presentation features Filipino and Ukrainian cultural showcases. Once again, admission is free and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The next Open Stage is Sept. 14, and then the ever-hilarious Swift Current Improvisational Theatre (SCIT) is on the following night. 
Write Out Loud kicks-off its new season Sept. 20 with writer and comedian, Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie and author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque.
We can also look forward to the launch of 2017-2018 Blenders concert series, beginning with Canadian singer-songwriter and banjoist, Lisa LeBlanc on Sept. 30.
This year there will be 13 regular season Blenders concerts at the Lyric, presented by Shann Gowan and her incredible team.
Joey Donnelly is Lyric board member.

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