There was excitement in the air at city hall when the Building Committee of Shuswap Theatre Society convened a meeting of all the major players for the creation of a new community theatre.
The “players” included Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper, all the members of the city council, representatives from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), the Downtown College Campus Committee, Okanagan College, the Salmar Community Association and the Economic Development Society.
Shuswap Theatre Society Building Committee chair Jake Jacobson chaired the meeting with assistance from members of the building committee.
After several years of planning and assessing 13 potential sites where a new theatre could be built, the group will now be taking a close look at the best ones.
The goal is to construct a modern multi-purpose live stage facility that will serve the needs of both Salmon Arm and the surrounding communities for many generations to come.
Each member group will be discussing how they can help to achieve the goal of constructing the new facility.
This meeting is viewed as a major step towards a cooperative effort to bring the dream of a new facility to fruition, says Jacobson.
More discussions are planned in the near future.
“It was a preliminary meeting of all the groups with an interest in the theatre and they’re all looking at how to bring that dream to fruition,” he says.
“We have to look at all the sites and all the options, which have been narrowed down to or three. It’s pretty much a matter of working out the details before we come out and announce where we’re gonna go.”