Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg

Reporter/Photographer

Thursday, 01 May 2014 22:12

Swift Current grass fire, May 1, 2014

 

The Swift Current Redneck Betties won their home opener against the visiting Nor-Sask DiefenBreakHers at the Credit Union iPlex, April 26. The Redneck Betties were ahead 125-76 at halftime and hold on to their lead during a very physical second half to win 214-158. Their next home game will be on May 31 against the Sugar Skulls during the Show 'n Shiners 1950s themed event. Redneck Betties team members will be selling tickets and merchandise at the Ladybug trade show taking place in the Stockade building at Kinetic Park on May 3.

 

A long-time Swift Current tradition in support of the Saskatchewan Abilities Council took place at the Frontier Bowling Lanes on April 26 with the 26th annual Ability Bowl. This year’s event had a Disney theme and many teams were dressed in their favourite characters. The 42 teams raised a total of $72,746.79 in support of programs and services for people with varying abilities at the Swift Current branch of Saskatchewan Abilities Council.

 

The Kyle community theatre group That Kritical Stage entertained the audience at TheatreFest 2014 in Swift Current on April 22 with the presentation of the heartwarming comedy Homecoming by Saskatchewan playwright Leeann Minogue. Danny Hannouch as life-long farmer Jerry Wilson is struggling to come to terms with retirement. He harasses his son and daughter-in-law until they leave town and then carries on farming while hiding the truth from the rest of the town. Other cast members are Trudee Smith, Doug Hodgins, Becky Walker and Paulette Thompson, who also directed. The provincial full-length play festival takes place from April 21 to 26 at the Beatty Playhouse in Swift Current, hosted by Swift Current Little Theatre, with the presentation of a play each night by a different theatre group as well as public workshops on April 24. Festival awards will be presented after the final performance on April 26.

 

Swift Current Little Theatre's full-length comedic drama Willow Road by local playwright Wendy Lockman was the opening act at TheatreFest 2014 in Swift Current, April 21. Cast members were Stefan Rumpel as the caustic, alcoholic writer Lee who is waiting for a liver transplant, Nancy Bridal-Richards as the housekeeper Martha and Lockman as the nurse Kimberly. The provincial full-length play festival takes place from April 21 to 26 at the Beatty Playhouse in Swift Current, hosted by Swift Current Little Theatre, with the presentation of a play each night by a different theatre group as well as public workshops on April 24. Festival awards will be presented after the final performance on April 26.

 

The Swift Current Oratorio Choir (SCOC) performed Karl Jenkins' Stabat Mater, a meditation on the suffering of Mary as she stands beneath the cross where Jesus is crucified, with Canadian mezzo-soprano Renée Brad and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players, directed by Greg McLean, at the Bridgeway Community Church, April 13. The choir's spring performance also included Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria in D major with Brad and lyric soprano Jordanne Erichsen as soloists. SCOC members previously performed the Stabat Mater at Carnegie Hall in New York on Jan. 20, when they participated in a mass choir performance to celebrate Jenkins' 70th birthday. SCOC members who perform as the auditioned choral group Prairie Spirit Chamber Singers will be in concert at the Swift Current Art Gallery on May 8, The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are available at Pharmasave.

 

 The Swift Current Ag & Ex hosted the educational event Discover the Farm: A Farm Facts Experience at Kinetic Exhibition Park from April 10 to 12. It was open to school groups during the first two days and close to 600 students from across southwest Saskatchewan attended. The two-hour program included 12 exhibits where they learned more about animal care, food production and farm safety. The event, which included a poultry and exotic animal sale, was open to the public on April 12 and there was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. 

Over 25 club members participated in the Swift Current Christian Tae Kwon Do club's “Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains” break-a-thon fundraising event on April 12 to raise money for the work done by the International Justice Mission (IJM) to end modern-day slavery. Club members collected pledges in the run-up to the event and each participant used martial arts techniques to break three boards. The club exceeded their fundraising goal of $2,000 by raising a total of $4,341. There are 29.8 million slaves in the world and IJM investigates, rescues and rehabilitates these victims of oppression.

The Swift Current & District Music Festival Association's Xtravaganza, which took place at the Church of the Open Bible on April. 6, concluded three weeks of competition with an evening of musical performances and award presentations to the winners in numerous categories, including vocal and musical theatre, choral and band, piano, guitar and strings. The major festival awards were presented to Iris Gosiengfiao (most promising junior piano), Chloe Golden (most promising intermediate piano), Presley Reddekopp (outstanding performance for intermediate piano), Brennan Schommer (outstanding performance for intermediate voice), Lauren Levorson-Wong (most promising intermediate musical theatre), Madisson Andrzejewski (most distinguished senior piano) and Austin Castle (most distinguished senior strings). Festival adjudicators recommended Presley Reddekopp (piano), Lauren Levorson-Wong (vocal), Brennan Schommer (vocal and brass) and Austin Castle (strings) for the provincial finals competition while the SCCHS Meistersingers and SCCHS Chamber Singers were recommended for the Saskatchewan level of national competition. The Swift Current music festival, which started in 1929, is one of 48 similar competitions taking place annually around the province.

 

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