Festival ‘highlights’ concert set to go


The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts will wrap up its 2012 event with the annual “highlights” concert this Sunday (May 6).
Slated to start at 2 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre, the concert will feature some of this year’s star performances from the three weeks the festival ran in April.
Rose Bowl winners also will be honoured Sunday.
Organizers noted this year’s Festival was another success.
“We had three busy weeks of interesting and talented performances,” said Joleen Hogan, noting all four adjudicators did a tremendous job working with the participants.
“Their combined knowledge was incredible,” she stressed. “We were very fortunate to have such a high calibre of panel.
“All of the festival participants have come away with new knowledge and a different perspective on their performance arts,” Hogan added.
“I have received so much positive feedback from both parents and performers.”
Hogan also noted the local Festival rivals that of much larger centres in both size and organization.
“We have a wonderful committee made of members who are all committed to the continued success of the performing arts in our community,” she remarked.
Hogan thanked all the volunteers and those who offered donations, as well as the participants for their hard work in preparing for the Festival and the parents for all their support.
Performers scheduled to appear at the “highlights” concert include Raymond Polz and Shawn Brady, Callahan Wiedenhoeft, Maxwell VanDrunen, Chandler Borger, Christian Wiedenhoef, Matt Nowak, Mackenzie Wright, Katelyn Bruyere, Chandler Borger, and Tianna Veldhuisen.
Also slated to perform are Emma Dykstra, Macy Anderson, Mitchell Riorden, Gavyn DeBenetti, Brian Ribey, Alexa Veldhuisen, Lewis Linklater, Janissa Judson, Ryley Booth, Siobhan Mackintosh, Sarah Bagacki, and Kaitlyn Chiasson.
Rounding out the field will be McKenna Begin, Mika Kooistra, Ken Brown, Bobby Halvorsen, Taylor Shouldice, Caitlin Rittau, Emma Dykstra and Jillian Armstrong, Phoebe Ann Firth, Caitlin Sande, Kennedy Latimer, Hannah Veldhuisen, and Mika Kooistra, as well as a group consisting of Alexandra Andrushuk, Christian Andy, Christopher Jensen, Danni Mainville, Ceder Ogier, Joseph Onichuk, Wyatt Whitecrowe, and Cristian Windego.
Also scheduled to perform Sunday is Robert Moore School (Grades 4-8 girls’ choir), St. Michael’s School (Grade 2), Donald Young School Massed Choir, St. Francis School (Grade 4), Our Lady of the Way, and St. Mary’s Youth Band.
“I am looking very forward to the ‘highlights’ concert, and would like to invite the public to come out and see the amazing cross-section of talent that we have here in the Rainy River District,” Hogan enthused.