AB-CITY-Places-Please---I,-Claudia-2---Natalie-Gauthier-as-Douglas---Photo-Credit-Kelsey-Krogman-mJune is a busy time for festivals, celebrations and performances throughout the month. Here are a few to put in your calendar.

RBC Emerging Director’s Showcase
Lunchbox Theatre
June 5-7

After gaining experience as assistant directors throughout Lunchbox’s season, new directors get their first shot at the helm on a professional stage, working with experienced actors and designers. For the directors, this is a very exciting and rare way to make their debut. For audiences, this is a first look into Calgary’s newest directing talents.

The Major Matt Mason Collective
Epcor Centre’s MOTEL
June 12-14, 17-21

Two teenage girls working at a key-cutting shop become drunk with power, breaking into houses with the keys they have made. The play explores youth, loneliness, chaos, and what it means to have control over your life.

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival
Lunchbox Theatre
June 13-28

Be the first to hear new works from Calgary playwrights. New plays in their early stages of development will be read before audiences, who will then give feedback. Enjoy some exciting readings from nine playwrights, including Robert Moore, Sally Stubbs, Gillian Clark, Jeremy Mason and more.

2014 Banff Summer Arts Festival
The Banff Centre
June 14– August 23

The longest-running arts festival in Canada is definitely worth the short road trip outside of Calgary. The multi-disciplinary celebration features opera, dance, theatre, visual art, film, First-Nations arts and performances, lecture series, and more.

Ignite! Festival for Emerging Artists
Sage Theatre
Vertigo Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre
June 18-21

Over 100 Calgarians collaborate each year in this festival, featuring young and emerging local artists. Ignite! encourages artists to work in multiple genres and mediums in a highly creative atmosphere to create original work. Another exciting aspect is the workshops, which are free to the public, that explore issues facing artists in our city.

I, Claudia
Rosebud Theatre
Until June 21

This one-woman show, originally written and performed by Canadian theatre artist Kristen Thomson, is a treat to watch. Claudia is 12 and 3/4, and is dealing with her parents’ divorce, the impending nuptials between her father and his girlfriend, and the ongoing saga of the health of her pet goldfish. Told by one actor and told entirely in mask, the story explores the perspective of several characters: Claudia herself, the school janitor, her father, and his bride-to-be.

The Comedy of Errors
Shakespeare by the Bow (Theatre Calgary and Mount Royal University)
Prince’s Island Park
June 25 – August 9

Shakespeare’s shortest comedy is also one of his funniest, filled with mistaken identity, farce, slapstick and wordplay. A tale of long-lost twin brothers is filled with wit and laughter. The play has been adapted into opera, film, and Bollywood musicals. Pack a picnic this summer and check it out!

By Geneviève Dale
Photo: Kelsey Krogman

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