Giving Dead Lover’s Day new life

Sneak peeks of the original musical Dead Lover’s Day will be given at a fundraising gala for the production on Saturday, March 19.

Sneak peeks of the original musical Dead Lover’s Day will be given at a fundraising gala for the production on Saturday, March 19.

Against the Wall Theatre is holding an evening of live music and theatrical entertainment featuring the Bull Skit! gang and actors from the Dead Lover’s Day cast.

As well, there will be raffles, draws and a cash bar to help raise $2,000 towards the $6,500 cost of staging the original musical written by former Red Deer College student Alexandra Mihill.

The “dark and twisted” musical comedy was originally written as a one-act for fringe festivals in Edmonton and Calgary (it was named one of the top 2008 fringe shows to see in Calgary).

But Mihill recently expanded the show about two lovers separated by death to a full two hours, adding six new songs.

“I couldn’t be more excited and terrified at the same time,” said Mihill, who took the original script, “cut it up, expanded it, added songs, rewrote some songs, spilled coffee on it, raised the stakes . . . and two, almost three, years later I had a revived two-act musical.”

She added staging the bigger new production “is going to be an interesting ride.

“And I’m so happy to have an abundance of supportive people around while we go through this journey once again.”

The world premiere of the beefed up Dead Lover’s Day will be held at the Scott Block on March 31, and the musical will run to April 9.

Tickets to the fundraising gala, also at the Scott Block, are $10 at the door, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m.

Gala tickets are only $5 if you also purchase a ticket to see the musical. Discounted Dead Lover’s Day tickets will be available at the gala.

For more information or to reserve tickets to the show go to atwtickets@gmail.com.

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