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Busy start for Break-A-Leg Theatre Society season

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Masha Scheele

A few busy weeks are behind Break-A-Leg Theatre (BAL) as they’ve finished auditions for their upcoming shows and are in the full swing of rehearsals.

Fifteen young aspiring thespians are part of the junior drama class and are preparing for the family Christmas-themed show in December called 12 Days of Christmas.

Aside from two returning actors, this class welcomes 13 new kids, with one even commuting weekly from Jasper.

Director Don Engerdahl explained that they usually try to include the junior class in the mainstage productions if appropriate, but that those shows didn’t require kids this year. Instead, they’ve bumped up the showtimes of the one-hour-long junior play, 12 Days of Christmas, to be shown three times starting on Dec. 5.

“We’re trying to be as inclusive as possible. We don’t want to turn away any kids. They are our next generation of actors,” he said. 

At the same time, Engerdahl doesn’t want to take anything away from the adult actors in Hinton.

Auditions were also held for the Canadian classic war-time drama called, Waiting for the Parade.

This play is performed by five women and guest directed by Steven McHugh. The women are rehearsing and look forward to the performance following Remembrance Day on Nov. 14 to 17.

After bringing back the dinner theatre last season, following a year off, Engerdahl said it was evident the people in Hinton missed this yearly event. Last season the dinner theatre show, Killjoy, was a 90 per cent sellout and Engerdahl hopes to keep presenting one dinner theatre each year.

The year off in the 2017/2018 season was to allow the newly opened Performing Arts Theatre of Hinton (PATH) to iron out its kinks.

Last year they brought a caterer into the foyer and set up tables in place of the theatres regular tiered seating. BAL has been hosting dinner theatres for nearly 24 years, said Engerdahl, and this year’s production of ‘Maggie’s Getting Married’ will take place Jan. 9 – 12.

Six cast members, made up of three men and three women take on this performance.

Another returning show this season is the Play-A-Palooza on March 6 and 7. 

This event is made up of multiple one-act performances on which the audience votes. 

The audience-favourite act then gets a chance to perform at the regional festival.

The season ends with the mainstage full theatre show called 100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy on June 11, 12, and 13. Auditions for this show will be held in February.

“We have a very well-rounded season, I’m confident there is something for everyone,” said Engerdahl.

He also announced that BAL hosts an open house at the PATH on Oct. 5 from 1 pm to 4 pm, called Open Sessions.

Engerdahl described the Open Sessions as a meet, greet, and eat-type of event.

Interested community members, newcomers, or returning actors are welcome to come and meet the board members, get a tour of the facility, and check out some of their costumes.

To find out more about BAL and how to get involved, go to