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Deadline to enter District Performing Arts Festival approaching

News Release

Fort Frances, Feb. 11, 2013—As the deadline nears to enter the 73rd-annual Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, people are reminded that all are welcome to participate.
“It’s a fun and rewarding opportunity for people to showcase, develop, and nurture their dramatic and/or musical abilities,” noted Nikki Armstrong of the Festival committee.
People of all ages can participate—from kindergarten to adult—in individual, duet, small group, or large group performances.
“You don’t have to have any experience and you don’t need to be taking lessons,” she stressed. “If you can memorize, read, sing, or play an instrument, you can participate.”
Entry forms, as well as the syllabus and resource manual for 2013, are available on the Festival website ( Material is also available at local schools and the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre.
The divisions include Piano, which this year will run April 8-12, English Drama (April 15-19), French Drama (April 18-19), Instrumental (April 17-18), and Vocal (April 22-25).
Most performances will take place at venues in Fort Frances.
“It’s fun, increases self-confidence, and develops stage presence and other performance skills, which will have a positive influence in school and life,” Armstrong noted about the many benefits to participating in the Festival.
All performers receive a certificate, and are in the running to take home a wide variety of awards available at all age levels and in all divisions.
Those award winners are invited to perform in the annual “Highlights” concert, which this year is set to take place May 5 at the Townshend Theatre.
To enter the Festival, check out the syllabus (a guide to all the available categories) and the resource manual, which lists all the possible selections you may choose from.
The cost to enter starts at $6 per entry, with the deadline to return entry forms being Feb. 25.
Entries can be sent to Festival Entries, P.O. Box 806, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N1.
For more information, contact Joleen (274-5399) or Nikki (274-0945) or visit