Edmonton stage offers space to play scheduled to open at Roxy Theatre

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Firefighters help sort through the rubble the day after Edmonton's Roxy Theatre burned down; Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Vinesh Pratap, Global News

EDMONTON – The Timms Centre for the Arts has offered its stage to a play scheduled to open at Roxy Theatre, which was destroyed by fire this week.

Cheerleader! will be performed at the University of Alberta venue for one night only on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

“While we’re heartbroken to not be able to present the fully staged version of the play at this time, we’re thankful to have the chance to share a little slice of Cheerleader! with the public this weekend,” ­­said playwright and producer Morgan Smith.

All costumes and set pieces were destroyed in the fire. However, the company has decided to perform a stripped down staged reading of the dark comedy, with proceeds going to recoup the production company, Human Loser‘s losses, as well as towards an eventual mounting of the full production in the future.

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Tickets for the reading at the Timms Centre are $20 and will be available at the door. Sales will be cash only. The Timms Centre is located at 87 Avenue and 112 Street.

Cheerleader! was originally set to open a 10-day run on Friday night as part of the Theatre Network’s Roxy Performance Series.

However, The Roxy Theatre burned to the ground in a fire that started early Tuesday morning.

READ MORE: Roxy Theatre goes up in flames 

The Roxy opened in 1938 as a movie theatre, before being converted for live performances in 1989. The small venue could seat between 198 and 220 people.

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