Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Udderfest 2008 set for opening on August 6th

Prince Rupert's eclectic summer festival Udder Fest, is ready for another summer season theatre at numerous venues around the city.

Set to run from August 6th to the 10th, as the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

11 shows will be featured during the five day run, providing a wide array of theatre for those looking for a summer time diversion.

The Daily News had some background on this years festival in Tuesdays paper.

Curtain set to rise on 2008 Udderfest
By Monica Lamb-Yorski
Special to the Daily News
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Page Three

Udder Theatre Festival coordinator Sara Rowse has been busy as opening day is fast approaching.

This year's festival takes place from Aug. 6 to 10.

It's Rowse's first time doing the job, and while it's been getting stressful, she has been enjoying the challenge.

"I've been dealing with actors, getting ads together, gathering door prizes and donor packages, and working on signage," she said Friday afternoon at the Tom Rooney Playhouse.

She's put a call out for volunteers to work at the doors during the show or help with technical aspects backstage and noted there's training available if people are inexperienced.

Rowse graduated from Prince Rupert Secondary School in 2007 and recently completed her first year of sciences at the University of British Columbia.

Drama has always been one of her favourite hobbies. She was often part of school productions at both Annunciation School and Prince Rupert Secondary School.

Rowse was hired by Harbour Theatre Society, through a Service Canada grant, to help coordinate the festival and assist with the summer youth theatre camps, presently being offered Wednesdays through Sundays at the Tom Rooney Playhouse.

Because this year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Udder Theatre Festival, Rowse hopes it will be the biggest and best one ever.

The festival's five days will feature 11 shows with actors from Prince Rupert, Prince George and the Lower Mainland taking part.

"They are all really different and there's something for everyone. There are kids shows, stand-up comedy, a musical, dark comedy and straight-up comedy," Rowse said.

Show titles include: Harry Rotter, Josh Green Experience, SoulQuest, The Gingerbread Girl, Twisted, Vincent, Bad Things Travel, In the Doghouse, Rupert, Never Gonna Give You Up, Hansel & Gretel, Slaughter House, Real Live Girls Naked - Lunch Special Chicken Chow Mein and A Matter of Husbands.

The shows will take place at the Tom Rooney Playhouse and the Lester Centre of the Arts, with the addition of a puppet show at the Prince Rupert Library. That show is being developed by one of the library's staff members, Leah Cuthbert.

In addition to her role as festival coodinator, Rowse is acting in A Matter of Husbands, directed by Kristin Robinson, a PRSS graduate who studied theatre at both Malaspina College and UBC.
The play is about a woman who confronts a famous actress because she believes the actress has stolen her husband.

Robinson is also directing two other short plays.

Rowse is encouraging anyone who is interested in volunteering to help with the festival to call her 624-3626.

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