Several talented performers from southeast Saskatchewan showcased their abilities August 23 during the Souris Valley Theatre's Summer's End concert at Frehlick Hall.
Performers were Lexie Tytlandsvik of Radville, Karissa Dawn Hoffart of Gladmar, the Spencer Lafrentz Band of Estevan, and the Chris Henderson Band, which is fronted by Henderson, a former Estevan resident.
Theatre board member Maureen Ulrich was marvelling at the talent on display.
“The artists were wonderful,” said Ulrich. “We had Lexie for a fundraiser that we did two years ago, when she was 15, and her voice has just grown and matured.”
This was the first time that Ulrich had heard Hoffart play, and Ulrich referred to her as “fabulous.”
Lafrentz and his band played John Mayer-type songs and some of their own originals music during a two-set performance, and impressed Ulrich with their musical talents.
“Spencer's a wonderful singer,” said Ulrich. “He's actually majoring in guitar (at Grant McEwen College), but his voice is spectacular.”
Henderson showed why he has enjoyed success in the music industry, Ulrich said, and why he has been performing at some top festivals this summer.
“They played a lot of original songs and a lot of old favourites,” said Ulrich.
Ulrich said the performers who were part of Summer's End are just a sample of the talent that is in southeast Saskatchewan.
“I know that we have just barely begun to tap what is out there,” said Ulrich. “I know that there are other performers in Estevan and in the area, like Oxbow, and we're starting to have them come to us, and say 'We'd like to play on your stage.'”
Frehlick Hall is a great setting for concerts, Ulrich said, but the venue might be best-suited to acoustic acts. She also suggested the theatre could be moving into a new era that will see it offer music and other events, in addition to its customary theatre productions.
The theatre's next event will be a concert with Carlyle's Blake Berglund, who will be releasing his new album, Jasper. Saskatchewan musicians Belle Plaine and JR Lewis will also be performing. Proceeds will be used to pay the theatre's new lighting.