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 www.okotoksculture.ca.