Wednesday, 23 January 2013 13:07

Stars for Saskatchewan series continues to impress

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With a number of encore performances scheduled in this year's Stars for Saskatchewan series, the Swift Current Allied Arts Council is enjoying the success of the series' 44th year, and already looking forward to their upcoming season.



“We are very close to sold out on our entire series, so things are going very well for us,” explained Paul Rezansoff with the Allied Arts Council. “We only have a few tickets left for the Regina Symphony Chamber Orchestra, we've added a second performance for Ballet Jörgen Canada, and for Jim Cuddy, as well. We are ending the season with a performance by Michael Burgess, who is well known for his parts played in Les Misérables. It's been a fantastic season for us.”


While the series has been readily supported by the community, Rezansoff admitted that reactions have been varied. Although some people considered Stephen Page the best performance of the series, others didn't enjoy him as much. Rezansoff attributes this to their changing audience, and dealing with age barriers.


“It happens, our audience is definitely changing over the years and there is a challenge for us to bridge that generation gap,” he said. “The rock and blues situation is something that is coming into play for us, but it's working so far.”


He added that it has always been a priority for the Allied Arts Council to provide Swift Current audiences with a wide variety of performance styles, so there is something for everyone in each season of Stars for Saskatchewan.


“We've always wanted to offer the full gamut of performances, to give people a chance to explore various genres,” Rezansoff explained. “We've been here for almost 45 years, so I guess it has been working for us. We now have a new theatre and a nearly sold out series, what else can we say?”


The upcoming Ballet Jörgen Canada will offer an especially unique opportunity to the community. Prior to their performance of 'Swan Lake', the company will be holding auditions to welcome local ballet dancers into the performance.


“It's a great opportunity for the students, and a great opportunity for everyone to see a master work of ballet right on our stage in Swift Current,” noted Rezansoff. “Not only will there be talented performers from across Canada involved, but some of our very own local talent, as well.”


The Regina Symphony Chamber Orchestra will be performing at Sky Centre on Feb. 1, and Ballet Jörgen Canada's 'Swan Lake' will be presented at Sky Centre on Mar. 1 & 2.


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