Looking to Keyano Theatre amid Tumultuous Times

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The COVID-19 pandemic is making everyone feel like we are living in tumultuous times. And, while nobody knows what the future holds, or when this situation will resolve itself – looking to Keyano Theatre’s drama season just helps a bit. Announced in February, the new season will feature a variety of productions as Keyano Theatre celebrates 40 years in the community this fall.

The new season will kick-off this summer, and yes, we are hoping, it will – with Disney’s Moana Jr. The fun and whimsical family entertainer - Elf The Musical by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan will take the stage in November. February 2021 will see the “iconic gun-slinging love story of two of America’s most notorious gangsters in Bonnie & Clyde The Musical by Don Black and Ivan Menchell. This captivating legend features an incredible musical score that will be playing in your head for a long time afterwards.”

And, the “final production of the 2020/21 Drama Series is the ‘best farce ever written’ Noises Off by Michael Frayn. This hilarious play, set for April 2021, treats audiences to an uproarious peek at a second-tier acting troupe performing a show.”

“Art has the ability to help us articulate feelings, build connections, and give us an outlet to explore and share what we are going through. If you have always wanted to learn an instrument, read plays, and write poetry – this can be an opportunity to be creative,” says Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre Director, Alan Roberts.

“There are people in all artistic fields offering free or heavily discounted workshops online in response to self-isolation and social distancing, many museums have created virtual tours of their exhibitions, and large-scale production companies are streaming plays, operas, and behind-the-scenes clips. We have seen it again and again, art heals,” Roberts adds.

Art heals, indeed. Here’s to a future without this pandemic; and our restored lives. Soon.

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Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.