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Canadian playwright Michael Healey does it again with Courageous , a play with two parallel stories running at the Citadel Theatre until Sunday, March 14.

Canadian playwright Michael Healey does it again with Courageous, a play with two parallel stories running at the Citadel Theatre until Sunday, March 14.

In the first story, an openly gay Catholic justice refuses to wed two gay men on religious grounds. In the second story, a loser Canadian blows all his advantages while a Somali immigrant sets an example of good citizenship.

A co-production with Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, this two-act play looks at courage and what is required to stand up for your beliefs regardless of heritage, religious beliefs or sexual identity — especially when hypocrisy is involved.

Starring in Courageous are Ari Cohen, Michael Healey, Erin MacKinnon, Melissa MacPherson and Brandon McGibbon. Making their Citadel debut are Patrick McManus and Maurice Dean Wint.

Tickets range from $35 to $50. Call 780-425-1820 or go online to: www.citadeltheatre.com.

Vancouver’s Axis Theatre once more returns to Edmonton with King Arthur’s Kitchen, a fanciful adventure about Camelot’s heroism, great feats and damsels in distress.

Playing at the TransAlta Arts Barns from Feb. 26 to March 7, it takes place in King Arthur’s basement kitchen as preparations are under way to celebrate his birthday.

Amidst the hustle and bustle, the cook regales the kitchen maid and the scullion with stories and songs of young Arthur and how he became king.

Tickets range from $12.50 to $23.50. Call 780-409-1910 or visit www.fringetheatre.ca.

The fifth annual Boonstock Music Festival has all its ducks in a row. They’ve just announced an impressive bill of more than 26 acts including five super headliners.

Prepare for the rock explosions of The Offspring, Matthew Good, Papa Roach and Chevelle. And interestingly enough, the previously all-rock fest has added its first upcoming country superstar to the mix — Colt Ford.

Boonstock is a popular three-day outdoor music festival that takes place on the wide-open plains right on the outskirts of Gibbons, about 40 minutes northeast of St. Albert.

Typically a warm weather fest, it runs June 24 to 26. Early bird tickets are available for $79.99. A complete artist list with accompanying photos and videos and tickets are available at www.boonstock.ca.

BeLLavia will be auditioning for apprentice positions upon their return from a five-week engagement at the Dubai Shopping Festival in the United Arab Emirates.

Founded by Leanne Koziak and Lukas Cabalka of Vinok Worldance, BeLLavia fuses traditional and stylized forms of world dance, tap, percussion, jazz, modern and urban techniques.

Apprentice positions provide four hours of free training per day and the opportunity to move into dance positions and touring possibilities with the company.

Auditions are Friday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Chateau Louis Conference Hotel dance studio, 11727 Kingsway Ave. For information call Koziak at 780-289-9592 or Cabalka at 780-288-2364.