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Play, jazz orchestra was a real gift on Swift Current Allied Arts Council

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Playwright and performer Julia Mackey in a scene from the acclaimed play Jake's Gift during her performance at the Stars for Saskatchewan concert in Swift Current, May 5. Playwright and performer Julia Mackey in a scene from the acclaimed play Jake's Gift during her performance at the Stars for Saskatchewan concert in Swift Current, May 5.

The final performance in the Swift Current Allied Arts Council's Stars for Saskatchewan concert series for 2016-17 took place at the Living Sky Casino Sky Centre, May 5.

 

The evening started with a performance by the Swift Current Jazz Orchestra, a community-based non-profit jazz ensemble that took the audience on a nostalgic musical journey to the big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s. Thereafter the multi-award winning Canadian play Jake's Gift was performed by playwright and performer Julia Mackey. She skillfully transitioned between different characters as she told the story of a Canadian Second World War veteran who returns reluctantly to Normandy, France, for the 60th anniversary of D-Day, where he encounters Isabelle, a precocious 10-year-old inhabitant of the local village. This is the 50th anniversary season of the Swift Current Allied Arts Council and this milestone will be celebrated during a golden gala at the Sky Centre, May 27. The focus of the evening will be on celebration and not fundraising. There will be a served plated dinner, the group Memory Lane will play music from the 1940s to 1960s for patrons to enjoy and dance to. Gala tickets are $100 per person and available at the Living Sky Casino box office.

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