In 1962, the town of Kelowna had about 15,000 residents and a brand new theatre.
From the beginning, the Kelowna Community Theatre has truly been “the community’s theatre” with citizens playing a big role in its funding and construction.
Today, the small town has grown into a thriving, vibrant city with a theatre that is celebrating 50 years of live entertainment.
“The entire community is invited to join us this September for a gala that will commemorate the theatre’s past, and celebrate the present and future,” said Randy Zahara, the community theatre manager.
The Golden Anniversary Showcase takes place Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., and will feature some of Kelowna’s finest performers.
That list will include Ballet Kelowna, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Theatre Kelowna Society, Wentworth Music, Dance City Academy and singer Robert Fine.
This red carpet event will be filled with some of the best live entertainment ever to grace the Kelowna Community Theatre.
“This showcase is a celebration of the contributions that individuals, community organizations and local, national and international performers have made to the theatre over the past 50 years,” said Zahara.
“Throughout the evening and the entire 50th season, you’ll be amazed and inspired by the talent of the performers that step onto our stage.”
Tickets for the Golden Anniversary Showcase are now available at a cost of $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased at selectyourtickets.com, by calling 250-762-5050 or by visiting the box office at Prospera Place on Water Street. Tickets, if available, can also be purchased at the door on Sept. 13.
To recreate a little of the 50-year history, a Facebook event page dedicated to the theatre’s anniversary has been created.
The public is encouraged to share their individual theatre stories online. In addition, you can also send stories, photos or even old programs directly to the Kelowna Community Theatre, located at 1375 Water St., or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to get a listing of theatre events delivered directly to your inbox, sign up to the City’s e-Subscribe program by visiting Kelowna.ca/theatre.