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Dusting off the outdoor stage for Passion Play

The show went on in Oak Valley despite heavy clouds and a brief drizzle of rain during the first of two weekends for the annual Passion Play. The play, which follows the biblical story of Jesus from the manger to resurrection, is in its 17th year.“I know that our actors see this [as] more than an acting experience,” Belita Jorge Sanders, who has sa

Shrek (Josiah Ward) and a newly transformed Fiona (Taylor Suderman) are encouraged into a true fairy tale moment by Donkey (Ryan Driedger) May 18. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

EMMS peels back the layers with Shrek

When EMMS musical director Heather Clyde went looking for a script for the biannual musical this year, she went for something familiar, popular, and with a moral she says is stunningly relevant to actors in the age category.In the end, she went for Shrek Jr.“It is a great musical for Grade 7 and 8 students,” she said. “The message of the musical is

Celtic dance takes to the stage during the year-end Danceworks recital May 13-14 at Winkler’s P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Region in step with Danceworks recital

Every one of the seats in the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall was occupied as this year’s crop of Danceworks students leapt, jived, spun and pirouetted across the stage. A total of 375 students from 43 classes made up the program for the spring recital May 14-15.Jazz, ballet, contemporary, Celtic, hip hop and street dance were among the genres to

Senior vocalist Tristan Klassen "just can't stand still" at the 81st Pembina Valley Music Festival Highlights concert April 24. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Eighty one years with the PV Music Festival

Costumes, school bands and music from a wide range of genres were on display April 24 as the Pembina Valley Music Festival wrapped up its three-week schedule.One of the longest running music festivals in the region, the annual event marked its 81st year with a final Highlights showcase in Manitou, featuring the stand-out performances in piano, spee

This year’s Loreena McKennitt Award winner, Hannah Drudge, performs at the May 1 Morden Festival of the Arts Hi-Lites concert. (Alexis Stockford/The Morden Times)

Morden Festival of the Arts wraps up

For some of the smallest artists to face the adjudicator during this year’s Morden Festival of Arts, it was the first time on any stage. For other, returning acts, it was routine. And for yet others, they were but the latest generation of their family to perform in the festival’s 41 year history. From about 545 performances over two months of this

The Flatlands Theatre Company presents The Diary of Anne Frank May 5-8 at the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall.

Diary of Anne Frank coming to Winkler

Originally a Dutch language diary kept by Anne Frank, her story of her two years spent hiding with her family during Nazi occupation of the Netherlands has become well known in many languages. In 1955, her diary inspired the 1955 play, The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. “The play that we’re doing was written by two Ame