Sunset Theatre to reopen

posted by KarenJeffery on August 22, 2006 at 5:27 am

WELLS, BC — Historic Theater set to open!

The Sunset Theatre in Wells, BC is set to open its doors after nearly 25 years of silence.

Built in 1934 by Gold Quartz Mine proprietor Fred Wells, the Sunset Theatre has recently been restored to reflect its original glory. With a new foundation to rest on and a new roof to keep patrons from being rained on, the Sunset has undergone major changes to accommodate professional theatre, film and live music.

From Musicians to Theatre to Independent Film, to a Weekly Cabaret series, the inaugural season for the Sunset Theatre is geared to entertain, engage and entice a new audience to the Cariboo. There is also a Saturday Morning Movie series geared to the younger crowd.

This project has been seven years in the making. For the past six summers, Karen Jeffery along with her husband Dave Jeffery, have been renovating and restoring the theatre inch by inch.

The interest in the theater has grown with each new nail and each brush stoke. After three trial performances last summer, it was clear it was time to open the doors even though there is still some work that needs to be done.

This is has been a life long dream and vision for Artistic Producer Karen Jeffery (nee Planden.) Karen’s career has spanned over 20 years in professional theatre, most recently as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Dave Jeffery has been a highly regarded High School Drama Teacher for the Calgary Board of Education, with more than 60 of his former students having gone on to further their careers in professional theatre. Together they hope to create, inspire and present world class theatre.

The summer season runs from July 8th to August 25th inclusive.

For more information please check out The Sunset Theatre Homepage or call
Karen Jeffery @ (403) 289-1293 or (403) 999-4361.

(Thanks to Karen at the Sunset Theatre for providing the photo.)

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Comments (4)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 22, 2006 at 11:01 am

Absolutely beautiful shot. Best of luck on this labor of love!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 22, 2006 at 11:52 am

Go to the homepage then go to the photos. Really have done a great job, what devotion!

JimRankin on August 22, 2006 at 11:55 am

It is a wonderful photo! You can almost make out the ‘pot 'o gold’ at the end of the rainbow. May the future be golden for the SUNSET too.

KarenJeffery on August 22, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Thank you to all who have responded. Our clsoing night is comi9ng up soon. Friday August 25th. Very sad to close for the season but also already planning for next. All very exciting. My goal is to break 1000 tickets this first summer. I’ll keep you posted.
Karen Jeffery

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