Local actors raise whirlwinds in Strapping Young Lads

  • Dec. 27, 2013 3:54 p.m.

Bull Skit Comedy and ‘I’d Like That Productions’ will be presenting Strapping Young Lads, later this week.

Performances run Dec. 27th and 28th at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer.

Writers and actors Christopher Schulz and Christoff Lundgren describe the two-act play as “The Hangover meets Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”.

While the gruesome twosome that is Schulz and Lundgren have been working together since their time at Red Deer College while studying Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, this will be their first show together in their hometown in nearly five years.

Schulz has performed across Canada and is known for such theatre credits as Macbeth (Citadel/National Arts Centre) as well as The Shape of Things (Ignition Theatre) and is currently a member of Red Deer’s own Bull Skit Comedy group.

Lundgren, who currently resides in Vancouver, is a founding member and artistic director of one of the City’s hottest weekly improvised soap operas, Sin Peaks.

Together the pair has reunited in their homeland to present Strapping Young Lads.

Cut to the Chase, the first act of this comedic tale follows two best friends, Tom and Gary (named after Schulz and Lundgren’s fathers), as the Dec. 21, 2012 or the ‘end of the world’ nears.

“They’re kind of innocent guys and they think the world is going to end because December 2012 is approaching,” said Schulz.

Lundgren added, “Because the world is going to end so they really want to live their lives to the absolute fullest before they die.”

Written by Schulz a few years ago and revamped to be bigger and better for the Strapping Young Lads show, Cut to the Chase is a sketch comedy, improv extravaganza detailing the pair’s journey.

The plot follows the characters’ struggle to escape their innocent, sheltered upbringing as they decide to embark on a cross country party binge.

Throughout an act of side splitting, raunchy humour you can watch as Tom and Gary find themselves hiding out in a hotel in Moose Jaw, on the lam from the law after stealing a prize-winning cake from the Western Canadian Bake Sale Championship.

Act two, Apocalypse Soon, revisits the pair six months later as they wake up some where in South America in a tropical paradise on the day after the world was to end with no recollection of how they got there.

Written as a collaboration between Schulz and Lundgren, the pair soon realizes the world is still turning and they have a predicament on their hands.

“As a theatre show it is a cross between a full length play and a sketch comedy,” said Lundgren. “But at the core it’s all about having fun and there is a constant power struggle between that characters that’s great to be a part of.”

Schulz added, “It’s very satirical and switches through a lot of styles and genres and senses of humour and we both kind of pull from the same influences.”

The pair’s unbeatable stage chemistry is sure to make viewers laugh the night away, plus they’ve added a cash bar to the cabaret style mash-up to ensure that you’ll be having a good time either way.

“It’s great to be back in Red Deer and be shown the level of support that we have here and have the incredible space we have,” said Schulz. “I don’t know if we’d be able to do something like this without the support of Bull Skit and it allows us to focus on putting a great show together.”

Doors open to the event at 6:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on both nights with curtain at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Please note that Strapping Young Lads contains mature language and adult themes.

For more information visit www.bullskitcomedy.com.

jswan@reddeerexpress.com

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