BATTLEFORD — The Battlefords Community Players is looking forward to five upcoming performances of their Shakespearean summer play, Lose Not Thy Head, which will feature 13 youth performers from the Battlefords and area.
Donna Challis, the club's executive producer, says the students have been working on the play for over a month and are looking forward to the performances on Aug 18, 19, 20, 25 and 27.
"We have two adults and 13 students from 10 to sixteen, and they are having a ball ... this will be the fourth year, and this is the first time that we included youth," she told the News-Optimist.
"So it's exciting because... more and more people find out what we're doing. And it opens the door for us to look at future summer theatre programs for kids. And we're kind of excited about that being another part of the community players."
The play itself, which is a spoof on Shakespeare, has all of his characters from different works on the table and will feature a little bit of everything from drama to comedy.
"I haven't seen what they're doing with it. But they gotta have a little bit of music," Challis noted, adding that the first three nights are going to be outside on the lawn behind the clubhouse at 102-26th St. in Battleford, with the final two shows inside.
"I think it shows us ... there's an interest," Challis said when asked what this means for the future of the club.
"Hopefully, what we're doing is just by having youth [involved] we get more parents involved, and just a different audience and different people that get a taste of what we're doing," Challis said.
"It just opens things up for a better understanding of what theatre is about. And that isn't scary. But obviously, having said that, we also have to continue to push and invite new people to be involved."