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Caravan Farm Theatre: Leading Lady

To young actor Courtenay Dobbie, Caravan Farm Theatre seemed a mirage: Clydesdale cast-mates and stages sprung from fields for sold-out crowds. But eight years after her first show, she’s holding the reins. For two months during the summer of 2003, Courtenay Dobbie woke in her nylon yellow tent, her eyes swimming in the blue sky above the screen. Her ears replayed the echo of applause coasting through trees—the 24-year-old was playing the lead in Caravan Farm Theatre’s

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Call of the Drums

Piece by piece Okanagan Indian Band member William (Bill) James Robins, carefully lifts from a blue satchel and proudly displays his grass dance regalia. Headband, belt, wristbands and drop—picture a long, narrow scarf worn draped around the neck—all decorated with colourful appliqué. Furry ankle bands and a pair of worn moccasins add to the growing pile on the desk.

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Publisher bribes theatre troupe to perform musical and say flattering things…

HOLY HELVETICA! What was "hick" magazine publisher Paul Byrne thinking when he handed his unproven, freshly-inked Ink! The Musical over to a semi-professional big city theatre company? And then expected them to put it on stage, much less even take it seriously? Well, they didn't point Paul to the exit sign and tell him where to put his libretto. In fact, they told him Ink! The Musical might even have some merit. It could have been to assuage his tender country heart; maybe it was because theatre season was coming and they had nothing better to do. So the...

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