Local entertainment briefs – November 20

Budding and more seasoned playwrights have upcoming opportunities for development through Scripts at Work.

Playwriting workshop at RDC

Budding and more seasoned playwrights have upcoming opportunities for development through Scripts at Work.

Anyone interested in writing plays can learn the basics at a half-day workshop on Sunday, Nov. 29, at Red Deer College.

Acclaimed Alberta playwright Daniel Libman, whose Cecil and Cleopatra has been optioned for an off-Broadway run, will be sharing his expertise with fledgling local playwrights.

Libman has had nearly 50 plays performed professionally by theatre companies from Edmonton to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

The college workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 1303. The cost is $15 ($10 students).

More practised playwrights from Central Alberta are also invited to submit their original, unpublished scripts for possible further development by Dec. 15.

A panel will select several submitted plays for workshopping with professional dramaturges and directors. At the end of the process, the plays will be performed at an evening of informal readings in the spring. Visit www.scriptsatwork,ca for play submission criteria.

For more information, call Scripts at Work Co-ordinator Ron Schuster at 403-343-6988.

Artist studies shadows and light

The contrast between darkness and light plays a big role in paintings by Red Deer artist Janice Williams.

Williams will be exhibiting her light-infused landscapes in an exhibit called Search for Light, which runs from Dec. 1 to 29 at the Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library.

Williams seeks to illicit emotional reactions to brightness versus shadow. “As we naturally gravitate towards light, the shadows provide a foreboding, while the light provides contrast with renewal, life and joy,” she stated.

A meet-the-artist opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Snell Auditorium of the Red Deer Public Library. The exhibit is presented by the library and Allied Arts Centre.

Ballet dancer wins scholarship

A promising young ballet dancer from Red Deer has received a scholarship from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.

James Fisher, 18, was recently presented with the monetary Prince Edward Award from the school for exceptional talent, commitment and achievement. The award’s value was not disclosed.

Fischer was accepted into the ballet school’s professional division as a full-time student in 2005 at the age of 14. He is now in his graduating year and can later audition to dance professionally for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet or other companies.

The school’s director, Arlene Minkhorst, said she’s pleased to be able to reward and support talented students. “These scholarships can make a world of difference to young artists who could otherwise not have the opportunity to follow their dreams.”