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Music, movies, drama, all a the RPAC

Long a favourite venue for the local music and theatre scene, the Rotary Performing Arts Centre is becoming a vibrant centre for all kinds of performing arts and entertainment events.

The RPAC 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.

It wins rave reviews from many of the artists who have taken to its stage.

Legendary High River guitarist Amos Garrett praised the former church after performing a jazz concert for the centre’s official re-opening in 2011.

“The sound here is very special,” Garrett said. “Churches were the pioneers of acoustically designed buildings because priests and ministers had to be heard. I love to play in churches.”

The RPAC hosts a popular concert series featuring nationally acclaimed musicians. 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 centre is also the home theatre for Okotoks theatre group Dewdney Players, which will host its production of Neil Simon’s classic, The Odd Couple, opening on May 9 and closing on May 24.

For more information and full schedule information go to www.okotoksculture.ca.

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