Punch Drunk Cabaret, photo by Keith Moore. Submitted.

Manluk Theatre summer shows sneak peek

The summer season is starting soon at the Manluk Theatre, with a collection of local shows

The summer season is gearing up at the Manluk Theatre, with a collection of local shows coming in soon.

“We really want to make the Manluk something where it’s involved with the community as much as possible. So we’re looking at essentially having something going on every single weekend,” said Manluk Theatre’s executive director, Nikita Bartlett.

First is the Blackpool Concert and Meal event on July 5 at 1:30 p.m. Blackpool is a folk band from Westerose, Alta. who perform a mix of covers and original material with stories scattered between the songs.

Join the Manluk Theatre for what the website describes as “an unprecedented afternoon of great entertainment.”

Perhaps the best deal for any local theatre enthusiast looking to make the most of the summer is the Summer Concert Series 2023—the series consists of three unique shows throughout July and August.

Guests can purchase tickets for individual shows or the discount package, which includes access to all three events.

The first show is Full Throttle Fever featuring Punch Drunk Cabaret on July 15. This jam-packed night includes three events, all under one ticket.

Starting at 6 p.m. is the Outkasts Car Club car show, followed by a showing of Boneyard Racers at 9 p.m. on the big screen. The award-winning short film features the music of Punch Drunk Cabaret on the soundtrack.

The night concludes with the Punch Drunk Cabaret show at 9:30 p.m. The show is a mix of rockabilly swing, glam blues and 80’s era anthemic rock. The high-energy performance sees audiences join in popular sing-alongs.

“You kind of become part of their show at the same time,” said Bartlett.

The second Summer Concert Series show is a performance by Charlie Jacobson, an Alberta musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, on July 20 at 9:30 p.m.

According to the show description, Jacobson brings his own brand of blues to audiences.

The final Summer Concert Series show is the ABBA Girls on Aug. 12 at 9:30 p.m. The duo is a cover group performing some of ABBA’s greatest hits. This show focuses on the music from the jukebox musical Mamma Mia!

Ticket prices and more information are available on the Manluk Theater website.

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