Repairs to the roof of the Sagebrush theatre are now complete — just in time for the Western Canada Theatre mainstage season opening play Dracula: The Bloody Truth.
In February, a cracked roof truss was discovered during a routine technical inspection, leading to the closure of the 685-seat facility, which is adjacent to South Kamloops secondary at Ninth Avenue and Munro Street in South Kamloops.
The roof now sports two new steel columns adjacent to the walls inside the theatre and an additional two steel columns tucked behind the proscenium, all of which is connected to a steel system that supports the existing and repaired beams.
“The local cultural community is much relieved to see the venue return to operation this fall,” said Evan Klassen, Western Canada Theatre’s managing director. “The Sagebrush Theatre is very much back in business and our 2019-20 season will be our busiest yet.”
Late last month, the Kamloops-Thompson school district said repair work was still on budget, at $900,000, a bill not covered by insurance. Local development company A&T Project Developments Inc. was hired to make the repairs.
Audiences may also notice a few improvements to amenities at the school district-owned theatre this year, including new seating in the lobby, a hearing-assist system, expanded concession offerings, compostable eco-friendly beverage cups, a new bottle-filling water fountain and reserved limited mobility seating. During the course of the season, additional capital improvements are planed to be completed, including new carpeting throughout the theatre, new handrails for the aisles and jump seats for accessible seating areas.
Dracula: The Bloody Truth, is running from Thursday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 19.
Sagebrush Theatre event information is available through the Kamloops Live! Box Office, online at kamloopslive.ca and by phone at 250-374-5483.