The Lyric Theatre’s finale for their Living Legacy 100th Anniversary celebrations, “Vaudeville Gala”, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3 with three memorable performances that include a colourful burlesque show, a gravity defying balancing act and a one-man ode to Vaudeville.
The Garter Girls, a burlesque performance art collective from Calgary, open the evening, followed by Flyin’ Bob’s physical theatre of balancing, juggling and comedy, and finishing with an ode to the Vaudeville era written and performed by actor and singer of jazz and cabaret Bremner Duthie.
“We’re serving canapés, champagne and cupcakes. Just an exciting evening to wind up our 100th Anniversary celebrations,” noted Erin Gehl, Executive Director.
The Lyric is currently undergoing second floor renovations initiated through the Living Legacy campaign that are about halfway through the Phase 1 stage, but none of the work will impact performances.
“We’re off to a good start,” Gehl said. “Things have been going really well. Demolition is pretty much completed upstairs on the second floor and surprisingly we’ve had good reports in regards to the state of the structure of the building, so hopefully that continues with positive comments from the architects and the structural and mechanical engineers as we move our way through, but initial reports are good, so that’s nice.
“We’re just kind of carrying on with roof work and also the skylight work and some generic structural and mechanical things. It’s going to be a long time before we’re seeing anything really exciting esthetically, but it’s nice to know that through the Living Legacy Campaign we’ve been given the opportunity to get the structural, the inspections done and the work and the upkeep that’s been needing to occur for such a long time. It just ensures that the building is going to be around for another 100 years.”
Doors at the Lyric open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and available at Pharmasave. For more information contact the Theatre at 773-6292.