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Board anticipates theatre bookings

Board anticipates theatre bookings

The Board of Education of School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) is eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Frank Venables Theatre in the spring of 2014. With the majority of the work complete, the finishing touches are underway.

The grand opening for the theatre and Southern Okanagan Secondary School is scheduled for February 6, 2014. As part of a “grand opening special”, from March 1 until June 30, the theatre is available for bookings at $250 per evening plus the cost of a technician.

The School District is working in a cooperative effort with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) and the Town of Oliver on the on-going operations of the theatre. The three parties are meeting to finalize details such as governance, responsibilities for operations and costs, and rental fees. The board apologizes that it cannot confirm prices or procedures for bookings beyond June; however, ‘soft’ bookings can be made until the fee schedule is set. The district is also arranging a training opportunity in early February for individuals interested in learning the skills of a theatre technician. If anyone is interested in this training, please contact Merrill at the contact information below and she will confirm details when we can.

The parties anticipate hiring a theatre manager to manage the day to day operations of the theatre and until that occurs theatre bookings can be initiated through the school district office by contacting Merrill Bjerkan at 250-498-3481 ext. 111 or by emailing Merrill at
On behalf of the board of education, wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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