Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tfivrtdey, March 11, 1971 - THI UTHMIDGI HBUklD - f Transition period for arts in Lethbridge during 1970 By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer 1970 bad a mood of transition to it for the arts in Lethbridge. It was a year of studies: the department of youth survey on recreation in the city touched on cultural affairs; a study for city council by Lethbridge cultural development's Dick Mells discussed the Yates Memorial Centre and the Allied Arts Council; and city council itself set up a cultural affairs committee which was to report its findings early in 1971. What the results of these polls and studies- will b e remains to be seen, but it appears evident changes will occur within the city's administrative set-up. City manager Tom Nutting has recently proposed a new community services directorate, with a single director, be established to oversee cultural activities, and parks and recreation. The directorate would be associated with the Allied Arts Council and Sir Alexander Gait Museum, two organizations. whose budgets are currently directed through Mr. Mells. The mood of transition was also reflected in the broadcasting media. The two radio stations in Lethbridge, CJOC and CHEC, like all other AM stations in Canada, in early January were forced to program 30 per cent of their schedules in Canadian music. The guidelines for what constitutes Canadian music will become more stringent in coming years. There is a possibility Canadian-content rulings will be extended to FM stations, of which Lethbridge has one, CHEC-FM. The two local TV stations, who continue to share CJLH's studio operations, also faced Canadian - content stipulations by the Canadian Radio-Tele-Vision Commission. The quota for 1970-71 was advanced from 40 to 50 per cent. By 1972, native content must reach 60 per cent. - The Capitol, one of the five cinema outlets in Lethbridge, closed its doors in 1970 because of poor attendance. The movie scene was compounded by local home and school associations' rejection of the low quotient of family - rated movies, compared to adult and restricted-adult fare. But American film companies continued to gear their productions for the adult market. However the trend may have changed with the advent of nigh grosses for the adult, but non - sexy, non - violent, Love Story. 1970 was the year Sunday movies came to Lethbridge, end although audience numbers have not been overwhelming, showing of films on the Sabbath has been successful. The move by Lethbridge Theatres Ltd., which owns all the city movie houses, did not produce the antagonistic reaction expected. Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. sold out Its interests in Leth-bridge Cablevision Ltd..to the Canadian conglomerate, Agra Industries Co. Ltd. Famous Players Canadian Corporation also divested itself of Leth-1 bridge cablevision stocks, due to an anti - foreign ownership ruling by the CRTC. Lethbridge C a b 1 e v i 8 ion, which occasionally produces its own local shows on Channel 2, recently cut its final strings with Lethbridge Theatres when former cable manager Doug Shackle ford left the company. Perhaps the highlight of the local cultural year was the appearance by Playgoers of Lethbridge in the 1970 Dominion Drama Festival in Winnipeg. Playgoers, which in 1969 had produced only a one-act play, came back in 1970 with a vengeance, taking six awards and sharing in a seventh for its entry in the Alberta Regional Drama Festival. The oldest amateur group in the city, Playgoers put on a production of Brendan Behan's The Hostage which a DDF adjudicator described as "superb." Featuring Lois Dongwortn and Jack Warburton in the main roles, The Hostage became western Canada's representative in the week-long DDF and came home with the first award ever won by a Lethbridge group. The award, the Grace Elliott - Trudeau Award for the best actor or actress under 26 years, went to Sheila Pisko, 24, of The Hostage cast. The two-year-old University of Lethbridge Dramatic Society also won fame and glory at the regional festival, winning three awards and sharing in a fourth for a production of Moliere's The Miser. Chip Schott, 18, won a best-supporting actor award at' the festival and in 1970 was accepted into the National Theatre School. Lethbridge Musical Theatre put on what many accounted as the best production performed in its seven-year history. The play was My Fair Lady and 10 days before its 13-night opening, all seats were sold for the 500-seat Yates Centre. Starring Mrs. Pisko and Bill Matheson the play was the highlight of the 1970 fall season. LMT backed a summer show, Your Own Thing, which featured a university - college student cast. And Catholic Central High School put on its third annual musical show, The Merry Widow, at the Yates. One event which did not hit the spotlight last year was the Whoop-Up Pageant, an event suggested two years ago by the Travel and Convention As sociation of Southern Alberta The pageant, a drama re-con struction of the more famed historical events in the Lethbridge area's history, has been beset by a lack of equipment and a lack of overwhelm" ing enthusiasm from local residents. A Kate Andrews High School production of the comedy, Ali the Cobbler, won the 1970 Southwestern Alberta High School Drama Festival', held in Lethbridge in April. Six schools competed in one-day event, which had one sombre note in the first presentation of the Weste Jensen Award for best stage manage- ment Mr. Jensen, winner himself of the stage management award in the Alberta regional festival, died at 23 in a motorcycle - truck accident. The award will be given annually by the arts council. One scheduled event which did not materialize in 1970 was the Allied Arts Councirs festival of one-act plays. The festival was originally set for September, re-scheduled for January, then re-re-scheduled for May, 1971. The arts council returned to its annual backing of the Christmas pantomime, produced by Muriel Jolliffe of the Jolliffe Academy of Dancing. The 1970 show, the usual zany combination of dance, satire, singing and strange story, was lightly based on Babes in the Wood. The Alberta Dance Festival, held for its seventh consecutive year, was another success, with between 900 and 1,000 entries competing for awards, scholarships and trophies. The festival, sponsored by the Lethbridge Gyro Club and the Lethbridge Ballet Auxiliary, is this year experimenting with an expanded length - three days to five - and with holding its Irish, Highland, tao and sta*>e dancing, and ballet in the Yates Centre. Previously, competitions were spread among three city centres. In the music field, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra acquired a new conductor, Lu-cien Needbam, chairman of the University of Lethbridge music deoartment. He succeeded Wilf Woolhouse. The symphony chorus acquired the services of two conductors, Willie Mathis and Walter Goerzen, and the youth symphony, a new conductor in Jack Adamson. Mr. Adamson replaced Malcolm MacDonald who moved to Edmonton. The former chorus conductor was Tom Lavers. The 50 - piece symohony, which is reputedly to ask city council for a far larger grant this year than its normal $2,000. seems to have developed in skill and enthusiasm over the past year, as indicated in its four seasonal concerts. Disappearing in 1970 was the Lethbridge Music Club, which for 20 years had backed four concerts a year featuring young artists. Reasons given for the disbandment were low attendance and increasing operation costs. The Overture Concert Series continued its four yearly concerts despite the lack of a local directorate. Concerts in 1970 included the Norman Luboff choir and Canadian Opera Company's production of Orpheus in the Underworld. The University of Lethbridge Concert Series agreed to pick up the music club's annual young artists' concert, plus put on five more concerts of its own. The U of L recitals featured university personnel from the western provinces. The Lethbridge and district Kiwanis Music Festival continued on its successful way, drawing 1,600 entries to its competitions which in 1970 34 offices maintained by social welfare dept. added special classes in honor* of' Beethoven and Dicksen. 1970 was the year the 20-voice girls' choir, Teen Clefs, were invited by the Japanese government to appear in Osaka at Expo 70. The choir, directed by music teacher Anne Campbell, also competed in an international amateur choral competition. One of two CBC representatives in the competition, Let the Peoples Sing, the choir reached the semi-finals. Choirs under Mrs. Campbell's direction also produced the annual spring show, Spring Sing, and the winter recital, Under the Christmas Tree. The Big Band put on two successful concerts, and the Point of Interest, a folksinging group, put on one. School bands were also prominent last year in concerts at the Yates. Out-of-town groups which appeared in Lethbrio\e last year were: the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Netherlands Air Force Band, Up With People, White Heather review, Tommy Hunter, Alberta Youth Orchestra and Chorus. Irish Rovers, Guess Who, The Lighthouse, Original Caste, Poppy Family, Tom Northcott, The Collectors, and the Calgary Lutheran Festival Chorus. The U of L was responsible for visits to the city of such notables on the Canadian arts scene as poet AT Purdy and Dr. Naomi Jackson Groves, niece of Group of Seven artist A. Y. Jackson. The Allied Arts Council had another busy year in 1970, with one of its major activities being the establishing of the Lethbridge Youth Theatre under the guidance of Lethbridge actress and AAC business manager Joan Waterfield. The group has grown to 68 members now and in the past year has put on a few productions largely for children. The arts council also expanded its membership to more than 30 groups, registered 200 students in its summer session, sponsored such out-of-town groups as the Contemporary Dancers and sponsored the annual pantomime, operated the high school drama festival, administered $4,300 and operated the Bowman Arts Centre, received a $2,000 grant from the provincial government for its sponsoring activities, acted as a clearing house for cultural activities - and wondered if the Bowman Arts Centre would be lost through the city's land development assembly program. Also active last year were the Lethbridge Cine Club, Lethbridge Camera Club, Southern Alberta Writers' Workshop, Lethbridge branch of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, provincial government workshops, school arts programs, hotel entertainment and church events. This listing of arts events in the city for a one-year period came to a formidiaWe length for any annual sequence. 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We are proud of the modern facilities tn eur newest plant located In Fernie B.C. for now we ar* able to offer the finest of service to our many valued friends and customers in South Eastern B.C. Their patronage over the years has warranted the establishment of our new outlet and we look to the future with confidence. - ABILITY BACKED BY SERVICE -Your UNIROYAL DEALER KIRK'S "THE BEST DEAL TIRE SALES LTD. IETHWUDGE-1621 3rd Ave. S.-Phone 327*5985 TABER-6201 SOth Ave.-Phone 223-3441 FERNIE, B.C-Phone 423-7746 - FOR EVERY WHEEL" By BEVERLY-ANN CARLSON Herald Staff Writer The department of social welfare in Alberta maintains 34 regional offices with a central office in Edmonton. These offices are staffed with social workers and clerical and supervisory staff. The Lethbridge regional office has a similar staff with C. E. Bracken acting as regional administrator, and is responsible for serving the following area - City of Lethbridge, MD 26, MD 14, County No. 5, MD 6,. and ID 4 (Wa-terton Park), including towns and villages in these areas. Within tins area, the department is responsible for adoption of children (approximately 1,600 children placed for adoption per year), probation services (investigation of child neglect, etc.), juvenile probation services, (court reports, supervision, etc.), placement supervision of wards of the Crown, foster homes (for placement of wards of the Grown, services to unmarried mothers) counselling, financial assistance, decision regarding child. Other services which the department provides aire financial assistance programs, rehabilitation services - social as well as economic rehabilitation, employment opportunities program, senior citizens' homes, Metis rehabilitation - Metis colonies, emergency welfare services, inspection, licensing and maintaining of institutions, maintenance and1 recovery services, working with family court and district court. During the past year, in the Lethbridge office, in the area of responsibilities and services provided, juvenile probation services were taken on, and also, the Employment Opportunities Program. Changes In legislation and government policy during 1970 resulted in the shifting of juvenile probation services from the attorney - general's department to the department of social development. This change enabled the department of social development staff to approach juvenile probation in much the same manner that was being done in child protection services. The department approaches juvenile probation services with the belief that delinquency is not so much an act of individual deviancy as behavior produced by a multiple of societal influences. In December 1970, an env ployment opportunities worker was added to the staff of the regional office to assist those persons who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to find employment through their own, or other community resources. Front cover The photograph en- the front cover of this progress edition supplement was taken by Herald photographer Walter Kerber. The massive cranes are working on the new University of lethbridge which is scheduled for first opening this fall. Poote Construction Limited PROJECT MANAGERS FOR THE NEW UNIVERSITY of LETHBRIDGE HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE DYNAMIC GROWTH DURING 1970 OF ALBERTA'S THIRD LARGEST CITY, AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING PARTICIPATION IN THE GROWTH OF LETHBRIDGE.