The curtain rises on the Cariboo arts scene every summer, setting the stage for one of the most vibrant live entertainment regions in the province, on an annual basis.
One of the vital organs in the area’s live arts scene is the Sunset Theatre in Wells. They pump out the first play of their new summer series on June 22 and 23. The hilarious and thought-provoking fringe play For Science! comes to the stage at 8 p.m. each of those nights.
According to Julia Mackey, director of presentations at the Sunset Theatre, For Science! was created by Edmonton-based performers Christine Lesiak and Ian Walker for their indie production company Small Matters. These two actors (and more) “have been favourites at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals for many years, and this show is just so much fun, we can’t wait for audiences to experience it and them.”
Lesiak and Walker describe their play as “Bill Nye the Science Guy meets Blue Man Group in an absurd investigation of instant gratification and celebration of the scientific method.”
It is part play, part improvisation show, in need of some audience participation for these scientists’ theatrical experiments.
“Without words, they seamlessly guide members of the audience through a series of increasing complicated challenges. It begins with ringing a simple desk bell, includes a Nerf gun shootout, and ends in a spectacular musical finale,” said Mackey. “Incorporating projections and some truly terrible science puns, For Science! appeals to the nerd in all of us, and sparks the utter joy of losing ourselves to curiosity.”
This play runs about an hour.
Tickets are $20, available at the door while supplies last. To pre-purchase, call the Sunset Theatre box office at 250-994-3400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.