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Step right up for improv nights

Sideshow characters form basis for series
Kirsten Van Ritzen

Sin City, the live improvised soap opera, barks its way into the public consciousness this month, with Season Two: Carnies.

Directed by Ian Ferguson, the 24-epi-sode weekly performance is centred in the 1930s midwest Dust Bowl, when travelling sideshows toured small towns, entertaining residents during a bleak time.

Possibly featuring such characters as Ava the Snake Lady, the Faceless Man, the Cootch Girls, the Flying Pachenkos and assorted barkers, rousties, stooges and marks, this improv series is sure to produce something new and unusual each week.

Regular cast members include local comedians Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Kirsten Van Ritzen, Christina Patterson, Chris Gabel, Robert Conway, Karen Brelsford and Alan Penty.

Sin City runs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., starting with a preview Oct. 18 and officially opening Oct. 25 at the Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.

Tickets are $15 each ($12 for students and seniors) at the door, or $12/$10 in advance from Ticket Rocket at 250-590-6291 or

Six-show packages and season passes are available for $60 and $180, respectively. Visit for schedule information and other details.

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