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West Kelowna theatre group to hold inaugural production

Crossing Creek Community Theatre will hold its first performance at the Westbank Lions Community Centre.
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January 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

West Kelowna now has its own theatre group and the artistic director is hoping, one day, that it will expand to become a cultural hub for the city.

Crossing Creek Community Theatre is hosting its inaugural production WCKY at the Westbank Lions Club Community Centre Feb. 14 to 16.

The idea of forming a West Kelowna theatre company was something artistic director Leanne Reimer thought about for a long time, since she moved to West Kelowna 16 years ago from Saskatchuan.

“When I came to West Kelowna and there was no theatre that I could be involved in, I thought well, ‘let’s just start one then,’” she said.

The first production to kick off the theatre group is an all-ages murder/mystery farce about WCKY, a 1930s radio station which had a rough opening night.

“Kids will find it funny and it’s clean. It’s been a joy to put together and the support from West Kelowna has been outstanding,” Reimer said.

With such a large turnout when she put out a casting call, Reimer decided that this play, with 25 cast members and 15 crew, would be a perfect fit since it requires a large number of performers.

“We wanted to connect as many people as we could (with the opening production.) We’ve got young people, we’ve got retired folks… I wanted to see all sorts of people get together from all walks of life, to develop relationships, to develop friendships,” she said.

She’s hoping to hold productions in the winter and the summer, and at West Kelowna wineries.

“There are people in West Kelowna who really love theatre and love art and really want to see this happen, we just don’t have a space for it, so that will be challenging for us moving forward,” she said.

Tickets are $30 Feb. 14. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and features a dessert cafe. Tickets are $20 for Feb. 15 and 16 and can be purchased at Powers Creek Community Church, Whiski-Jack’s Pub and The UPS Store in West Kelowna.

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