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Entertainment galore at the old church

A former church is still putting out a good message to the community.

The message is there’s a centre in Okotoks, which offers quality acoustics in a down-home atmosphere for finest the performing arts, has to offer.

The Rotary Performing Arts Centre, formerly the Okotoks Methodist Church that was built in 1906, has steadily become a vibrant facility for all kinds of performing arts and entertainment events.

The theatre on Elma Street in Okotoks has played host to many a music concert and live theatre production.  The more than century old structure, served as a church until the early 2000s. The Okotoks Art Council purchased the building in 2005 and donated to the Town.

The facility went through extensive modernization and officially reopened in 2011. Since that time artists such as legendary guitarist Amos Garrett, Canadian singer/songwriter Steve Pineo and Canadian stand-up comedian legend Lorne Elliott have performed at the old church. The theatre is also host to a variety of events from classical performances by members of the Calgary Philharmonic orchestra, to stand–up comedy and a film series featuring some of the best films to hit the silver screen.

The award winning theatre group the Dewdney Players call the Old Church Theatre home. Dewdney’s next performance is in late July, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs taking the stage at the Olde Towne Plaza July 27 – Aug. 6.

It will also present a classic stage comedy Arsenic and Old Lace from Nov. 10 – 25. For more information about the Dewdney Players, visit www.dewdneyplayers.com.

The grand old building has also hosted Room Full of Sound concerts, including the legendary Tommy Banks and Bruce Innes.
For more information and full schedule information go to www.okotoksculture.ca.

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