Medicine Hat Musical Theatre putting on radio play version of It’s a Wonderful Life

Medicine Hat Musical Theatre is putting on a Christmas classic this Holiday Season.

The group is now rehearsing for winter showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and ticket sales will begin at the beginning of next month.

“We’re really looking forward to putting on this live radio play,” said MHMT’s Lyn Weisgerber. “We’ve had plans but we’ve had to push them back for musicals, so we’re really hoping we get the chance to go through with this radio play.”

Weisgerber says the radio play is an adaptation of a popular Holiday film.

“It’s a classic movie that people watch around Christmas time,” she said. “The play people will be seeing reads the script to the movie in a 1940s radio station.

“It’s a really fun way of doing this.”

MHMT is preparing for a live audience and is hoping to be able to sell 50 tickets to each showing. People will need to wear a mask at the theatre, but can take it off to eat and drink.

“Safety is always the top priority for us,” said Weisgerber. “The unique thing about the radio play we’re doing is that we only have five characters.

“Our cast are playing Hollywood actors, who are reading the script to a radio audience.

“Since we only have five people, one person can play 13 or 14 different people – it’s a lot of fun.”

There will be five actors on set and a foley artist making sound effects during the play.

Rehearsals are happening now for the show, and two casts have been brought on to play it safe.

“We don’t want anyone to get sick,” said Weisgerber. “We will have everyone trained to jump from one cast to the next, just in case.”

Tickets will go on sale on Nov. 1 on MHMT’s website. Last-minute ticket sales are due to uncertainty around COVID-19.

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“We don’t want everyone to pay, and then have to lock down again,” said Weisgerber.

Opening night is Nov. 26. The show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for three weeks in a row.

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Triphala: A Wonderful Herbal Medicine

In Sanskrit, Tri means three, while phala means fruits. Thus, Triphala is a concoction made from 3 fruits. This herbal concoction has been used in Ayurveda for thousands of years.

Triphala has been used in Ayurveda for treating many different types of ailments, right from dental cavities to digestive issues. It is a prime example of polyherbal medicines since Ayurveda believes that a synergistic effect of different herbs could show a better effect that individual effect of one drug.

Triphala is comprised of powdered fruits /extracts of 3 fruits – Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica).

These 3 fruits are detailed below.

a) Amalaki (Emblica officinalis):

The fruits of this tree are widely known as Indian gooseberry or Amla. This fruit is a treasure house and has many benefits –

  • It is one of Ayurveda’s greatest rejuvenators
  • Acts as a strong natural anti-oxidant
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Is a great source of Vitamin C
  • Is very helpful in controlling the blood glucose levels in the diabetic patient
  • Helps boost the immune system and metabolism
  • Improves the skin and increases hair growth
  • It improves the vision
  • It balances Pitta

b) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula):

Commonly known as Harada, this herb is also called the Tibetan “king of medicine.” Some of the benefits of this fruits are:

  • It improves cognitive functions,
  • aids in digestion,
  • promotes weight loss
  • It is very helpful in treating an enlarged spleen or liver
  • helps in controlling diabetes
  • Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
  • Is used as a laxative
  • It significantly calms the Vata dosha

c) Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica):

It is commonly known as Baheda and displays the following benefits:

  • The fruits of this plant have rejuvenating properties
  • The powder of this fruit helps in curing many respiratory ailments
  • Helps in hepatitis, piles, diarrhea, asthma, dyspepsia, etc.
  • Detoxify the blood, muscles, and fatty tissues
  • It improves vision and hair growth
  • A paste made from this powder and water is applied to the painful or swollen parts of the body to ease the pain
  • Balance Kapha

When these fruits are combined to prepare Triphala, they show the following benefits:

  1. Stimulates digestion
  2. Relieves acidity in the stomach and heals ulcers and gastritis.
  3. Acts as the laxative
  4. Lowers blood cholesterol
  5. Reduces high blood pressure
  6. Helps treat anemia, palpitations, arrhythmia
  7. Helps balance high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients
  8. Heals the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments in cancer
  9. Widely used to treat eye diseases including conjunctivitis, progressive myopia, early stages of glaucoma and cataracts.

To conclude, it is advisable to consume 1 tbsp of this powder with warm water before going to bed for at least one month.

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