Superintendent of Business Joe Santa Maria welcomed members of the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre (KCTC) Board. It was an important evening to recognize the long-standing partnership of over 25 years with the KCTC at White Pines and to highlight the recent improvements made to the Community Theatre.
The Sault Ste. Marie Community Theatre Centre is a fully charitable organization. The members of the corporation are the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie and District, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) and the Corporation of the City of Sault Ste. Marie. It is a unique and mutually beneficial partnership that has continued for over 25 years.
One of the central goals of the theatre centre has been to promote and facilitate education and instruction in performing and theatre arts in the City of Sault Ste. Marie and to provide a non-profit performing arts centre available to the community for educational purposes.
Larry Whalen (Community Theatre Board member), Chris Rous (Community Theatre Board member and Principal with ADSB) and Brian Wilson (Community Theatre Board member and former ADSB Principal) highlighted many key participants in the partnership over the years.
Recently KCTC has been the recipient of Municipal, Provincial and Federal grants for the Community Theatre renovations and were matched by ADSB.
Upgrades at the theatre included the installation of new and larger seating as the existing seating was over 40 years old. The theatre space included new colours, carpeting, and safety lighting in its revitalization. An LED sign has been installed outside of the White Pines building and is a highly visible marquee that promotes events at White Pines and the Theatre.
The auditorium foyer has been remodelled, with the goal of creating a more theatre-like ambiance in the evening, and also to enhance its use by the school during the day. White Pines staff members confirm that the foyer is being well used as a social space by students during the day which was the intent.
The HVAC units have been replaced, increasing air quality and environmental control. Some ducting was replaced with the introduction of special equipment to silence the noise produced by the movement of air.
Superintendent Santa Maria commented that “we are very proud of the partnership between ADSB and the Community Theatre. Students at White Pines and other schools receive a huge benefit to practise Arts & Culture at a state of the art facility and our Community benefits from the ongoing efforts of the Community Theatre Group through the many performances that occur at the theatre.”
Larry Whalen commented, “There is a lot of history between the parties involved in establishing the Kiwanis Community Theatre. We look forward to continuing our partnership with ADSB for many years to come.”