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After a short hiatus, Brandon’s 7 Ages will produce two shows at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium in 2012.
"A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" will be staged Jan. 26-29, while the classic musical "Guys and Dolls" will play May 3-5.
Artistic director George Buri intended last year’s "Buddy" to be 7 Ages’ final show.
"However, everywhere I go in Brandon, people ask me which plays I’m doing and express shock when I tell them I’m not doing any shows," Buri said. "I can truly say we are back by popular demand."
Buri adds that he is scaling back, focusing on fewer and smaller projects.
The first of these is the Patsy Cline tribute. Kitrina Plante, an actress and singer well known to Brandon audiences, will take on the role of Patsy and is thrilled about the project.
"I started my singing career performing her songs," Plante said. "She was an incredible singer, had so many nuances in her voice."
During and after her lifetime Cline inspired many singers, such as Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Reba McEntire and many others. Her big hits were "Crazy" and "I Fall to Pieces," crossover songs that have become standards.
Tragically, Cline died in a plane crash at the age of 30.
Meanwhile, "Guys and Dolls" has been called the "perfect musical" based on stories by Damon Runyan and set in New York City. It features songs by Frank Loesser including "Luck Be a Lady," "Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat" and "If I Were a Bell."
Auditions will be held Nov. 16-19. Call 727-3156 for more information and to schedule an audition. Auditions, as always, are open and 7 Ages welcomes newcomers, whether they are experienced or novices.
Tickets to both shows may be purchased through the WMCA at the box office, online or by calling 728-9510.