Theatre college flings open doors

Annual carnivalintroduces community to performing arts school

Canadian College of Performing Arts students (clockwise from left) Trevor Gray

Canadian College of Performing Arts students (clockwise from left) Trevor Gray

Whether you want to take part in a stage fight or a screen test, the Canadian College of Performing Arts will be the place to be.

The school on Elgin Street opens its doors tomorrow (Oct. 1) not only to its building, but its classrooms as well during its third annual carnival. Sixty-seven students aged 18 to 25 will be on hand to guide visitors on tours or to participate in a number of activities.

“It’s to encourage people to participate; to get out of their shell for a couple of hours,” said college spokesperson Steven Seltzer. “We also want to let people know what we do who haven’t heard of us before.”

In previous years about 500 visitors have toured the school during the Carnival of Classes.

Entering its 14th season, the college will stage six plays this fall and winter and host several entertainment fundraisers, such as bridge (card-playing) days, a casino and a ball at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Admission is free to the carnival, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the college, 1701 Elgin Rd. in Oak Bay. There will be free popcorn and lemonade.

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