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Showcasing creativity at Laurier

'From the Archives' looks back at the Opera Laurier production Dunstan and the Devil

Story by Andre Furlong

While well known for its academic programs and sense of community, Laurier has shown a creative streak from the university’s earliest days.

Take, for instance, the mounting of stage plays during the 1930s when there were only a few hundred students to answer a casting call. Laurier's creative side was also on display in the university’s historic Purple and Gold Revue, poetry recitals and even a folk music society during the 1960s. The creative output continues today with Laurier Musical Theatre, the Laurier Creative Writing Society and many other groups in Waterloo and Brantford.

This year, the Faculty of Music is celebrating Opera Laurier’s 50th anniversary. From humble beginnings to annual fully staged opera performances, Opera Laurier has developed into a high-calibre program that showcases the talent and creativity of students.

Opera Laurier

This photo from the 1987 Opera Laurier production of Dunstan and the Devil, featuring Craig Ashton, Desmond Byrne and Carmen Gozdan, perfectly illustrates Laurier students embracing their creative side.

Andre Furlong is an archives assistant at the Laurier Archives on the university's Waterloo campus.