Don’t expect to be spending a midsummer’s night at Sagebrush Theatre this year.
The 685-seat theatre at 1300 Ninth Ave. — attached to South Kamloops secondary — closed in mid-February due to a crack in one of the wooden roof trusses. The theatre is now expected to be out of commission until at least September.
Contributing to the five-month timeline is the amount of planning that needs to be done before any repairs begin, Kamloops-Thompson school district of facilities Art McDonald told KTW.
Structural engineers are now drawing up different options and SD73 is working with them to determine the implications of each particular option, such as having to open up a wall or the ceiling, McDonald said.
Determining what materials will be used to brace the structure — such as more wood or steel — is part of the decision making process as well, McDonald said, noting costs of repairs are still to be determined.
“We’re basically in preliminary design where you do enough work so you can cost out your options and fix a schedule to them,” he said. “Once that’s done and we’ve picked an option, then you do the detailed design, which is what everything gets built off of.”
McDonald is hoping the design process doesn’t take the entire spring, with the goal being to have the repairs completed by September.
The theatre is owned by the school district, with the district and the City of Kamloops operating it under a joint-use agreement.
Sagebrush Theatre was built in increments, beginning in the 1950s as South Kamloops secondary (then known as Kam High) was constructed, followed by theatre additions in the 1970s and 1980s.
The closure of Sagebrush has forced various user groups — including Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, dance schools, high schools and promoters booking touring acts — to find other venues.
Those include the theatre in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre on Rogers Way in Aberdeen, which can hold up to 450 people, and Pavilion Theatre at 10th Avenue and Lorne Street near downtown, which can seat 165 patrons.
The KSO has been performing in Oasis Church (formerly known as Calvary Temple) on Rogers Way.