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School holds bigger, better arts festival on Monday night

Students and teachers at St. Albert Catholic High School (SACHS) are getting ready to show off the creative fruits of their labours next week and they’re going to use the school’s new modern gathering space to do it.
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Students and teachers at St. Albert Catholic High School (SACHS) are getting ready to show off the creative fruits of their labours next week and they’re going to use the school’s new modern gathering space to do it.

The wide-open area that opened only months ago is the spot to be on Monday night for the second annual Celebrate the Arts event. The festival of music, visual arts, drama and design and fabrication showcases the students’ burgeoning but already highly developed talents.

“A lot of the pieces are quite expressionistic,” stated art teacher Andrew Raczynski while looking over some of the works that would be placed in the show. It will be a good representation of what they’ve been learning through the year, including various styles, media and pieces that were recently a part of the yearly High Energy exhibit at Profiles Gallery. “The whole gamut,” he said.

He expects attendance at the event will be strong, just like last year. That’s great, he added, because it likely means the silent auction will be a success. Raczynski explained that proceeds from the sales will fund the Awasoman Canadian Academy in Ghana, a much-needed school that SACHS is helping to build through financial support.

Apart from helping a charity and proving to their parents that their education is leading them to greatness, some students are just thrilled at having a venue in which to perform.

Grade 10 drama student Gina Bazzarelli said she’s very comfortable on stage and relishes any chance to act.

“I get a lot of enjoyment out of it,” she remarked, brimming with energy. The natural born performer will be in one of several skits reflecting different comedic and dramatic disciplines. “It’s just the opportunity to share with everybody.”

Raczynski said there are great door prizes for the event and some special silent auction items, including season tickets to various theatre companies in Edmonton including Shadow Theatre, Teatro la Quindicina and Theatre Network.

Celebrate the Arts ’09 takes place on Monday, June 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. St. Albert Catholic High School is located at 33 Malmo Drive. For more information, call the school at 780-459-7781 or visit www.sachs.ab.ca.


Scott Hayes

About the Author: Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns, and profiles on people.
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