Why do we keep going back to this PAC idea? They are expensive to build, expensive to operate and expensive to maintain and repair. Local artists and arts groups are unable to afford to either rehearse or perform in them, and they suck entertainment dollars out of the community.
We already have the Sagebrush and The Sandman Centre. If Westerm Canada Theatre wanted its own, purpose built facility, which they would own and operate I could get behind that, but not another bank of city owned plush seats in a public building with beige carpets and self flushing toilets.
In addition to The Sagebrush, we also have The Pavilion, the 700 seat gem up at The Coast Hotel and the extraordinarily beautiful restored Rex on Seymour Street. Every High School in the city has some sort of small performance space – probably the best shows in the city happen annually with the students at Westsyde in their lovely little black box.
TRU has a beautiful black box theatre. The only thing that the city is missing missing is a 150 seat, flexible black box theatre to complement the funky, but warm and welcoming Stage House on Tranquille.
Kamloops is not really short of performance spaces – I know that because I’m a professional theatre artist who makes his home in the city. I just did a performance of my show, Spitting Slag in the lovely hall of the downtown United Church. The facility was lovely and the church staff and members were gracious hosts.
Please, let’s put this PAC idea to bed for another 50 years and invest scarce public dollars in something more useful. Honestly, not having a PAC won’t make a bit of difference in the lives of the artists who call Kamloops home.
The Other Theatre Company, Kamloops