WESTERN CANADA THEATRE
Although officially incorporated in 1975, the theatrical contributions of Western Canada Theatre (WCT) began approximately eight years prior to that time with, primarily, the instructional abilities of Tom Kerr. Through the efforts of committed volunteer Board members and dedicated, talented artists, Western Canada Theatre has developed into one of the largest producing theatres in British Columbia. WCT has developed over the years a community of technicians, directors, designers, stage managers and administrative staff. WCT continues to assist in the development of performers in the community.
Western Canada Theatre will provide the Kamloops regional community with challenging professional live theatre. The Company will entertain, educate, enrich, and interact with the cultural mosaic of its community.
Western Canada Theatre will promote and assist the performing arts through the provision of educational, theatrical, and artistic opportunities and services, and through the management and operation of facilities. All of this will be accomplished with fiscal integrity.With this vision as our guide, Western Canada Theatre now produces a professional five play main stage season, a two play second stage series, and hosts one to two alternative pieces during the season; manages and maintains both the Pavilion Theatre, a 150 seat black box theatre, and the Sagebrush, a 700 seat proscenium theatre; and manages and operates a box office which provides ticketing services for both of the above-mentioned venues, as well as additional venues upon request.
WCT is dedicated in providing education in the arts in a number of ways. The Stage One Theatre School still operates under the auspices of the theatre company based on the availability of qualified instructors. WCT has a successful apprenticeship programme to develop and train technical staff. Their Artistic staff make themselves available as dramaturges, adjudicators, and design and production consultants, locally and provincially. WCT continues to act as mentors in all aspects of production to the emerging artists involved in the alternative theatre companies, Saucy Fops and Project X. We continue our connection to the local and regional education system by providing matinee performances at a very reasonable costs to high school and university groups, including reduced season passes for Thompson Rivers University (TRU) students.