In the award-winning 6 Guitars, Chase Padgett portrays six unique guitar players, each representing their own style of music. He’ll be performing this popular show Sept. 19 and 20 at the Sunset Theatre in Wells. Photo submitted

Fringe favourite 6 Guitars coming to Wells Sept. 19 and 20

Chase Padgett will perform his award-winning solo show at the historic Sunset Theatre

One of the most popular shows to ever tour the International Fringe Festival circuit is coming to the Sunset Theatre in Wells for two nights only on Sept. 19 and 20.

6 Guitars, written by Chase Padgett and Jay Hopkins, is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Padgett, as the solo performer, portrays six unique guitar players, each representing their own style of music.

As the show unfolds, audiences are treated to great songs from each genre that showcase breathtaking musicianship. This sonic feat is done not merely with just one performer, but with just one guitar as well. There are plenty of laughs too! Each character — from the young rock prodigy to the weary blues picker — shares hilarious anecdotes that only a life playing music can give. These balance out the moving stories each deliver about how music has touched their lives and made them a better person along the way. You don’t need to play music to love this show. You just need to love music.

6 Guitars premiered at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival where it won several awards, including Best Solo Performer, Best Male Actor and Best Musician. In the following years, it toured other Fringes and quickly became one of the most recognizable shows across the entire circuit, shattering ticket records and winning awards such as the British Columbia Touring Council Award — given out by professional arts presenters to the show they believe to be the most tour-worthy. Since then, 6 Guitars has been performed over 300 times to roaring standing ovations in festivals and performing arts centres all over North America. Its unique but universal message connects to any musician or music lover, regardless of one’s age, background or favourite genre. This show truly has something for everyone. The Winnipeg Free Press gave Padgett’s virtuosic performance five stars, saying, “The acting is superb, the stories are smart and funny, and the music is flat-out stunning.”

Chase Padgett has been a musician, actor, writer, and improviser for nearly 15 years. He studied music at the University of Central Florida while learning improv at the SAK Comedy Lab. After graduating in 2007 with a BA in Music, he became a full ensemble member at SAK, in addition to working for Disney and Universal in various comedic actor roles. 6 Guitars is Padgett’s first solo show, and he hits it out of the park every time.

This performance is well worth the drive to Wells. Showtimes are Thursday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m., and tickets are just $15. To reserve your seats for next week’s performances, call the Sunset Theatre at 250-994-3400. To see a promotional video of 6 Guitars and find more information about the show, visit chasepadgett.com and sunset-theatre.com. The Sunset is located at 2357 Pooley St. in beautiful, historic Wells.

— Submitted by the Sunset Theatre

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