Local entertainment briefs – May 27

Come see the student talent that’s catapulted Notre Dame High School to an international performing arts festival in Scotland.

Students perform works

Come see the student talent that’s catapulted Notre Dame High School to an international performing arts festival in Scotland.

Red Deer residents are invited to the school’s Evening of the Arts on Thursday at 7 p.m. Drama, dance, visual arts music and choir students will be performing and exhibiting their works at the Catholic high school.

Notre Dame’s drama department was selected recently through the American High School Theatre Festival to perform at one of the world’s most prestigious arts festivals in Edinburgh, Scotland. The fringe festival will include 1,800 different performances of music, theatre, dance and comedy during its three-week run.

Notre Dame theatre students, under the direction of Melissa Mayville, will be planning various fundraisers over the next year to finance their trip to Scotland for the 2010 festival.

College mourns Erickson

Red Deer College officials are among those mourning the death of renowned Canadian architect Authur Erickson.

The man some consider the greatest architect Canada ever produced designed the Red Deer College Arts Centre, which opened its doors in 1987.

More famously, Erickson also created the inverted pyramid at Expo ’67 in Montreal, the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, the downtown law courts and Robson Square in Vancouver and the University of Lethbridge.

Erickson originally designed the rectangular red-brick RDC Arts Centre with tall prairie grasses surrounding it.

While the grasses were mowed down years ago after being judged to be an traffic obstruction — a move that didn’t go over well with Erickson at the time — the building continues to serve the performing arts community in Central Alberta.

“The college extends its sincerest condolences to the Erickson family and applauds the great design work of Mr. Authur Erickson. (The Arts Centre) will be enjoyed in Central Alberta and beyond for decades to come,” states a release from the college.

More than a million people have gone through the 600-seat performing arts building over the years, attending music festivals, camps, and local concerts and plays. “The facility has played a key role in developing arts and culture in Red Deer and Central Alberta,” states the RDC release.

Erickson died in Vancouver on May 20, at the age of 84.

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