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iN VIDEO: Curtains get ready to rise for new Kamloops art festival

Maddison Hartloff and Melissa Purcha perform a stunt in character during a rehearsal last week. The performers are getting ready for the launch of the Hydra Performing Arts Festival this week in Kamloops.
May 07, 2018 - 8:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - From shadow plays, comedy acts, magic shows and burlesque, the Hydra Performing Arts Festival is getting ready to take the stage later this week.

Andrew G. Cooper the artistic managing director of Chimera Theatre says the art festival was originally started to give artists in the city a chance to express creativity through a platform that wasn’t already available to them.

“I’ve always thought theatre festivals are really cool especially for audience members,” Cooper says. “I thought to myself, ‘I wish Kamloops, had one’ and if someone else wasn’t going to do it, then I would.”

Artists have been preparing and rehearsing their acts for the festival since December.

One of the show’s performers Jyelle Vogal will perform a live act using different types of shadows.

"It's a lot of me on my bike and using other props I have on the overhead projector, and they come together in what some would describe as poetry," Vogal says.

Cooper says he received double the number of applicants for artists wishing to perform in the show when the call was first put out for the festival.

“We originally wanted six, but we got 12 different works and they are all a really good variety,” Cooper says, adding this year's festival is an experiment but hopes it will continue in the future.

The festival is a collaboration project from the Chimera Theatre and the Actors Workshop at Thompson Rivers University.

The festival opens on Thursday, May 10 and runs over two weekends.

For more information about the festival and to check out the schedule click here.

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