Matthew Liebenberg

Matthew Liebenberg


The Swift Current Oratorio Choir presented its annual spring choral performance in association with the Regina Symphony Chamber Players at Bridgeway Community Church, April 10. This year's program had an Easter theme with performances of Joseph Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach's Cantata No. 4 and two movements from Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass. The Swift Current Oratorio Choir is in its 44th season as a community choir with members from all over southwest Saskatchewan.


An evening of jazz music helped to raise funds for the activities of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Music Department. The annual swing night “All That Jazz” took place at the SCCHS on April 9 with performances by the school's junior and senior jazz bands as well as the vocal jazz choral group. There was also a performance by the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble.


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) hosted a senior badminton tournament on April 9. The day-long tournament was attended by badminton players from Elrose, Eston, Fox Valley, Frontier, Gravelbourg, Leader, Maple Creek, Ponteix and Rosetown. A total of 155 matches were played on eight courts in the school gymnasium during the tournament. The Swift Current players received medals in three different events. Sim Singh placed second in the boys singles, Jessica Warren received silver in the girls singles, and Jaylyn Bell and Ethan Warkentin won gold in the mixed doubles.


The Swift Current Little Theatre's spring production of the Ken Ludwig comedy “Be My Baby” opened at the Beatty Playhouse in the Great Plains College gymnasium, April 8. There are four performances of the play, with the final two performances set for April 15 and 16. The play, which is directed by Tara Garcia and Ron Toles, is set in Scotland and San Francisco during the early 1960s. The production team prepared a creative set design to accommodate the many scene changes. There are six cast members and four of the actors play multiple roles. The cast members are Kurtis Bakanec, Teresa Cole, Shayla Kulferst, John Leyshon, Enid Loewen and Brian O'Hara. In the play a reluctant Maud (Teresa Cole) and John (John Leyshon) are asked by their relatives Gloria (Shayla Kulferst) and Christy (Kurtis Bakanec), a young married couple, to travel to San Francisco to bring back a newborn baby that will be adopted by the couple. 


The Swift Current Comprehensive High School (SCCHS) Drama Department successfully performed two one-act plays at the Saskatchewan Drama Association's Region 3 Drama Festival that took place at the Maple Creek Composite School on April 8 and 9. “Andromeda's Galaxy” by playwright Alan Haehnel received awards for best overall production and best technical production. It is a lighthearted play about a teenage girl Andromeda (Ann), a Star Trek fanatic who filters the events in her life through science fiction scenarios. SCCHS students also performed “The Other Room” by playwright Ariadne Blayde at the festival. Their production received awards for best technical crew and best visual production. This play is about a chance encounter between an autistic boy Austin, who is a keen astronomer, and a popular classmate Lily, who also has an interest in astronomy. Pictured are scenes from the two plays during a performance at the SCCHS on April 6 in preparation for the festival.


The Swift Current United Way and JayDee AgTech will continue their partnership for the second annual Foundation of Hope gala on Nov. 5.

A new indoor skateboard competition took place in Swift Current on March 13. The March Meltdown skateboard contest took place at the Lt. Colonel Clifton Centre. There were 25 competitors at the event. They competed in categories for beginner, intermediate and advanced skateboarders, while there was also a best trick contest. The event was arranged in response to good attendance at recent skateboard camps and to continue to grow the interest in skateboarding.


Six teams competed at the Swift Current Junior SunDogs 17U Women Open tournament at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, March 12-13. Both the 16U and 17U Junior SunDogs teams participated in the tournament. The 16U SunDogs placed fifth and the 17U SunDogs finished in third place. The Lethbridge Volleyball Club 17U team won the tournament after a three-set victory over the Redcoat Rebels in the final game.


Members of the the Swift Current Group 2 Scouts enjoyed a morning of racing with their hand-made race cars at the club's annual Kub Kar Rally, which took place at the Swift Current Mall, March 12. There was stiff competition between the Cub Scouts (ages eight to 10) for top honours in the different racing categories (obstacle, straight line, stop-on-the spot, speed track) and for the prize of best workmanship. The younger Beaver Scouts (ages five to seven) were also able to practice their racing skills but did not compete for medals.


Swift Current musician Glenna Switzer held a CD release and dance party at the Lyric Theatre on March 11 to celebrate the recent release of her debut album  A Long Time Comin'. The event was sold out and people were treated to musical performances by a variety of musicians from southwest Saskatchewan who were there for the party. Switzer used the talents of 29 musicians during the recording of the album and many of them joined her on the stage during the evening as she performed songs from the album. Switzer has recently been nominated as all star band keyboard player of the year for the 2016 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards while her album's producer Mark Penner has been nominated as record producer of the year.


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