The show must go on — by mid-October.
School District 73 is nearing completion of repairs to its 685-seat Sagebrush Theatre, which has been closed since a cracked roof truss was discovered in February.
Last weekend, crews installed new steel trusses to support the existing wood trusses in the roof, SD73 facilities director Art McDonald told KTW.
“It takes a lot of the weight off of the wood structure,” McDonald said, noting the steel should help prevent future cracks like the one discovered earlier this year. The cracked wood truss still needs to be repaired and new carpet within the theatre is being replaced, McDonald said.
“What we had to do in terms of installing the steel structure, we had to remove some of the existing carpet anyways, so it just made sense to finish it off,” he said.
The repair work is still on budget and on schedule. The project’s cost is $900,000, a bill not covered by insurance.
McDonald said the goal is to have the theatre reopened no later than Oct. 15.
Local development company A&T Project Developments Inc. was hired to make the repairs.
Sagebrush Theatre is adjacent to South Kamloops secondary at Ninth Avenue and Munro Street.