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Entertainment galore the old church

Rotary Performing Arts Center Okotoks. PHOTO - JORDAN VERLAGE/OWW

Rotary Performing Arts Center Okotoks. PHOTO – JORDAN VERLAGE/OWW

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 was a church until the early 2000s. 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, stand–up comedy and a film series.

The award winning theatre group the Dewdney Players call the Old Church Theatre home. Dewdney’s next performance is a Hitchcockian spoof The 39 Steps from May 13-28.

It will also present the comedy/musical The Trials of the Big Bad Wolf on July 22-31. The Dewds’ will also take on a Capra classic with a twist when it presents It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show from Nov. 11-Nov. 26. For more information and full schedule information go to


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