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Stage set for SAC concert series

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 09/2/2017 7:30 PM

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The Steinbach Arts Council is getting ready to kick off another season of live shows and performances in Steinbach, and those involved in bringing the shows to the city say they are already getting excited for the high caliber shows that will hit the stage this season.

"We have a really great variety this year, and the quality and the standard of the performances is really high," Steinbach Arts Council chief creative officer Cindi Rempel Patrick said, "And we have something for everyone and for all ages, so whether you are a toddler or an adult or a senior, we have got shows for you."

The Steinbach Arts Council is recently announced their lineup for their 2017-18 Concert Series.

This year’s series features five performances between October and April, as well as three "added attractions" geared towards children and families.

"We are very excited about the series because we have a good variety, and also we have the kid’s shows as well as the Fringed Family Day, which is like a mini Fringe Festival," Rempel Patrick said.

This season’s concert series kicks off with the Broadway at its Best show on Oct. 5 at the Grace Mennonite Church, with the show featuring Broadway tunes performed by five professional musicians who were born and raised right here in the Southeast.

The series will also feature two holiday-themed performances as Manitoba Theatre Centre’s A Christmas Carol will be performed at the Pat Porter Active Living Centre on Nov. 19, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s holiday tour hits the stage at the Steinbach Mennonite Church on Dec. 5.

Canadian classical quartet Quartetto Gelato will perform on Jan. 25 at the SRSS theatre.

Those looking for a good laugh can check out the comedy Mission Potluck on April 14. The show is based on true events of the Lutheran Ladies League ill-fated fundraising efforts for a Gimli seniors’ home in the 1920s.

There will be shows and attractions for families to check out as well this season including a performance of The Good, The Bad and the Munsch on Jan. 19, the science-themed performance of Bubbleman on April 13, Fringed Family Day on Feb. 19, and a performance of The Middle Coast on March 16.

For Rempel one of the most exciting shows of the season will be the Broadway show on Oct. 5 because of all the local talent that will be featured.

"They are our own local artists, and whenever we can feature local artists at a professional level, it is very exciting," Rempel said.

"Our concert series is known across the province as having a very high standard, and it’s always exciting when you have local artists that are at that professional level and can perform for the hometown crowd.

The show will feature performances by local musicians David Klassen, Madeline Hilderbrand, Wes Rambo, Shannon Unger and Naomi Forman.

Klassen, who organized the show and will perform in it, said he is excited to get five local musicians on the same stage in Steinbach.

"Its five local performers who are at a professional level, but also performing material that audiences really love in this community, and that’s how we came up with the concept," Klassen said.

"As local artists we look for opportunities to collaborate and come together as a team and put great things on in the community for the people who supported us growing up."

Those looking to purchase tickets or ticket packages for the Steinbach Arts Council 2017-18 Concert Series can call 204-346-1077.

Anyone looking to get a schedule of shows or order tickets online can visit steinbachartscouncil.ca.

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