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Winnipeg Celebs Try Their Hand at Acting

January 27, 2015 7:50 AM | Entertainment

Sarasvàti ProductionsA cast of notable names will form the all-star lineup for the fourth annual So You Think You Can Act fundraiser.

Sarasvati Productions is putting local celebrities in front of a panel of judges and an audience to test their acting ability as they perform scenes by celebrated playwrights on the theme of “Power Play.”

This year’s celebs include Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari as Maria in “Generous” by Michael Healey, Blue Bombers’ player Chris Cvetkovic as Superman in “Heroes” by Ken Mitchell and faces off with the Lone Ranger, Andre Lewis of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as Harold in “Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests” by Jessy Ardern, and CTV Morning Live’s Kelly Linehan will tackle the character of Loretta from George F. Walker’s “Featuring Loretta.”

“This is great way for audiences to see their favorite celebrities in a whole new light,” said artistic director Hope McIntyre. “This year’s theme is Power Play, and with athletes and politicians competing there is sure to be some posturing both off stage and on. The scenes are an amazing array of power dynamics from the political to the domestic.”

Rounding out the performances will be former city council candidate and entomologist Taz Stuart in a scene from “Wrong For Each Other” by comedian Norm Foster, musician Romi Mayes as Melissa in “Terroristas” by Ginny Collins, and Winnipeg Free Press’ Doug Speirs tries to assert his masculinity on a date in Chris Graybill’s “Eye to Eye.”

So You Think You Can Act is Wednesday, February 18 at the Gas Station Arts Centre, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes a wine reception, and can be purchased online at sarasvati.ca or at (204) 586-2236. Proceeds will support the ongoing theatre work of Sarasvati Productions.

Judges include local actor/playwright Tricia Cooper, actor Toby Hughes and actor Gord TannerJon Ljungberg will host.

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