Feature A & E Stories

A price worth paying: Cosplay on the cheap

Calgarian cosplayers say the expense of their craft is worth the experience

thumb Dorozio---RogueWith green and yellow spandex clinging to her body and a leather jacket from Value Village draped around her shoulders, Brittany Dorozio adjusts a single streak of white in her long auburn hair. She pulls up her yellow boots and snaps back the rubber gloves meant to shield the masses from her immense power. As she storms across the convention floor at the 2014 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, Dorozio leaves the realm of reality behind her. She is no longer Brittany Dorozio – she is Rogue, mutant hero of Marvel's popular comic series, The X-Men.

This year, with convention season fast approaching once again, Dorozio, like many other cosplayers, is busier than ever, working hard to prepare her latest creations in time. Cosplay – a portmanteau of the term "costume play" – describes an activity where fans of media franchises transform themselves into characters from those works via outfits, accessories, and even through role-play. The intricacies of the costumes often give off an inherently expensive vibe but, despite how elaborate those costumes may appear, cosplay can also be done on the cheap. Even when it isn't, most cosplayers say they are willing to put the experience before the expense.

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Theatre Calgary’s King Lear was a good crazy

Shakespeare's classic tragedy was brought to life with all of the drama, gore and madness we have come to know and love

THUMB LEARFOOLFlashes of lightning crack, thunder roars and a stumbling madman emerges from the backdrop.

His shirt is un-tucked, his hair is full of static but, most telling, is the wild spark that fills his eyes, and the angry pitch with which he yells heavenward.

So enters the mad King Lear to the bittersweet pleasure of a rapt Calgary theatre audience. What the actor, Benedict Campbell, has successfully done, is made you want to both scold the foolish king, and give him a comforting pat on the shoulder.

The scene described above is the first we see after the intermission of Theatre Calgary's production of King Lear, which ran from March 10 until April 12.

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Calgary based Bum family creates animation

Six young animators create stop-motion short films to have fun and spend time with family

THUMB ANIMATIONKIDSThe Bum Family got started on their animation journey in 2011 when Zaiyah Dennie's mother recorded her talking when she was a child. Her sisters and two other members of the Bum family, Medina and Maezy Dennie then did the drawings to go along with Zaiyah's voice in their first film called The Birthday.

Their cousins Berlin, Ocean, and Sol Demuth soon joined the team. "I thought it would be fun to make animation with my cousins," said Ocean.

Ranging from ages five to 12, the cousins do everything but produce their stop-motion animation films – they create the story ideas, voices, cut-out drawings as well as the animation.

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University of Calgary’s Mainstage gives an emotional and abstract performance

The annual 2015 Mainstage Dance performance celebrated the hard work of the dancers and choreographers and a farewell to a beloved professor.

THUMB MAINSTAGEThe celebration of the BA Dance program's 20th anniversary at the U of C came with a fond farewell to beloved and renowned professor Anne Flynn.

The combination of the two filled the audience with loved ones of the performers, as well as alumni of the admired program.

Mainstage, the University of Calgary's annual dance showcase that has been a hit since the early 1970's and , opened on the eve of March 19 with many cheers of adoration and love.

The cheers, whoops and whistles increased from the audience as the Star Wars theme started up and a long list of BA Dance student's names ran up the projector screen in its famous galactic fashion.

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