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Worth ovation


Those involved in promoting the performing arts locally deserve kudos for the important work they do.

The Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts, for instance, has offered district students (and adults, too) the opportunity to showcase their musical, vocal, and dramatic talents for close to 80 years now. And it remains as popular as ever, with this year's Festival estimated to have featured 300-350 entries, comprising 150-200 participants, by the time it wraps up tomorrow.

The best of the best then take part in the annual “Highlights" concert, which this year is slated for Tuesday, May 9 at the Townshend Theatre, at which time the various awards are presented—including the prestigious "Rose Bowls.”

Then there's those who volunteer their time to ensure district residents have access to a broad cross-section of top-notch entertainment—at an affordable price—through both “Tour de Fort" and "Kids and Company.”

Still going strong after more than a quarter-century, and fresh off another successful season, “Tour de Fort” already is selling passports for its 2017-18 series, which will include a show by iconic Canadian rock band Glass Tiger on Oct. 19.

“Kids and Company,” meanwhile, continues to offer a lineup of shows for youngsters to enjoy—and hopefully instill in them a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts.

The skills of our talented performers, and the efforts of volunteers who stage these events year after year, definitely are worth a standing ovation.

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