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So you like thespians, do you?
By Chris Lackner
Are you tired of performing one-man puppet shows for your roommates?
Are you dying to see dramatic abilities that go beyond the William Shatner school of acting? Getting sick of over-hyped films about mutated simeons taking over the world? Do you wish that witch on TV would stop telling people they're "the weakest link"?
Here at The Gazette, we feel your pain. That's why we've compiled a handy list of London's theatre scene. It's no Toronto and definitely no Broadway, but live theatre does exist in this pompous, conservative city you just have to seek it out.
On campus, the Talbot Theatre, located in Talbot College, is the perennial home of many fine productions. A typical season usually includes a University Students' Council-sponsored musical, an opera from the music faculty, as well as contributions from the English department, the affiliate colleges and external theatre troupes.
Keep your eyes and ears open around campus for performances throughout the school year. The Talbot Theatre office can be reached at 661-3019.
The Grand Theatre, located at 471 Richmond St. is London's epicentre of thespian "good times." Their upcoming season offers a wide-range of productions, including a stage adaptation of J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, an adaptation of the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street, as well as Shakespeare's classic, Macbeth.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is the Grand's first production of the year, slated to run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4. A comedic musical set in the Roman Empire, it should provide a fine kick-off to the season. Ticket prices are a little bit in the excess, but the Grand does offer $10 Tuesdays for impoverished students such as yourself.
Meanwhile, in the basement of the Grand, the McManus Stage offers more eclectic, off-the-wall productions. Keep it in mind if you enjoy theatre which goes against the mainstream.
The Palace Theatre, located at 710 Dundas St., houses The London Community Player's, and offers more of the "fringe" theatre scene at very reasonable ticket prices. Its box office can be reached at 432-4966.
The Old Factory Theatre on Ann Street, as well as The Black Lodge Theatre in the Galleria London Mall bring further variety to the mix. And by all means, take in a showing of The Adventures of the Boneyard Man, a monthly series of radio noir spoofs written and directed by local playwright, Jayson MacDonald.
If your're interested in getting involved in the theatrical world on campus, please forward your inquiries to Michelle Witen, the USC's Theatre Western commissioner at email@example.com or wander up to the USC office and simply break out into song and dance and they'll know who you're looking for.
If none of this even vaguely interests you, then carry on performing your little puppet shows at home or fry your mind with the frivolous tripe on television.
Theatre's not for everyone, but if it's for you, the well is far from dry in the City of London.