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Variety show to take you back to 1960s

Westwood Collegiate’s annual showcase going back in time

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It was the era of Mad Men and flower children, and the art it produced will be the focus of Westwood Collegiate’s annual showcase of performing arts.

The school’s annual event, For Love of the Arts (FLOTA) is back, and this year’s theme is P.O.P. Goes the Arts — a celebration of the arts scene in the ’60s.

The show takes place on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the school, located at 360 Rouge Rd. Doors open as early as 6 p.m.

In addition to an evening full of entertainment from five decades ago, there will also be a 50/50 draw, a door prize, and light refreshments.

Zbigniew Cichosz, Westwood Collegiate’s graphic technology and photography teacher and arts department head, said FLOTA is an annual showcase the school puts on to show off all of the arts programs, such as band, dance, and choral. The visual arts and graphic arts students also participate by creating displays about the 1960s for the evening.

"P.O.P. Goes the Arts will show the first resurgence of pop art in the ’60s," Cichosz said. He added that some of the displays will follow an Andy Warhol-like theme, with strong graphic elements and lots of colour.

The songs and sketches are expected to reflect music and plays popular in the ‘60s.

Right now, the students involved are busy with rehearsing for the upcoming show.

The final program for the evening has not been solidified yet, but Cichosz said the evening will resemble a variety show.

"There’s usually one or two songs by the choral and band students. Drama students usually have skits that they perform in either twos or threes, and sometimes in larger groups, but they’re just short skits," Cichosz predicted.

Tickets are $13 per person, or $90 for a table of eight people. Tickets can be purchased at the school’s library.

For more information about P.O.P. Goes the Arts, including how to buy tickets, call the school at 204-888-7650.

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