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X Fest: Theatre in the Park returning in August

The live theatre presentation, which runs for most of the month of August, is one of the first live annual events to announce its return to the city. B.C. announced its staggered restart plan on Tuesday, which may allow for live events throughout the summer
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Actors on stage in Prince Charles Park as part of X Fest in 2018.

X Fest: Theatre Under the Trees will return to Kamloops' Prince Charles park in August.

Tickets will go on sale on July 1 and early bird pricing continues until July 15. The play itself will be presented from Aug. 3 to Aug. 21.

The event is one of the first of likely many events that will re-emerge in the city in the coming months, as cases fall and B.C. lays out its restart plan.

Audience size will remain limited and those viewing will need to wear masks, self-assess for symptoms, physical distance and provide contact information for contact tracing, if necessary. A "relaxed" refund policy is also on offer, making it easier for those who feel unwell to stay home.

As for the entertainment, this year's festival will feature musical Gruff, featuring an all-local cast and creative team.

The play was written by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét, Judd Palmer and Brooke Maxwell. It will be directed by Tracey Power, a local and playwright herself and also the director for this production.

The tale, inspired by the Three Billy Goats Gruff, tells the story of Poor Goat, Rich Goat and a goat-eating troll in a rock 'n' roll story about whether or not the grass really is greener on the other side.

The theatre company is also taking submissions for X Fest auditions until 5 p.m. on Friday.

To apply, send a headshot and resumé to Randi Edmundson at randi@projectxtheatre.ca.