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Wetaskiwin Theatre Society

About Us

Our Story

The Manluk Theatre for the Performing Arts is located in historic Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Although there is still much work to do, our performing arts venue – once a dream of the community theatre society – is now a reality.

The operation of the Manluk Theatre is managed by a non-profit organization which is incorporated in the Province of Alberta as the Wetaskiwin Theatre Society (WTS). The Board of Directors consists of 10 individuals from the community and a volunteer office manager. There are currently no paid staff. Volunteers support events at the theatre by operating the box office, bar and concession, artist merchandise sales, and working as ushers. WTS is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Our venue hosts a variety of events on the Kimto Stage including 18 event days per year for the Waterworks Players, the local community theatre troupe, and approximately 4 events each year as part of the Kimto Stage Concert Series. Other events at the Manluk Theatre are presented by our rental clients including local organizations such as school plays and band concerts, choir and dance recitals, and music concert promoters.

History

The Wetaskiwin Theatre Society (WTS) was incorporated in November 2002 and functioned solely as a community theatre organization for 10 years.

In 2006 the society acquired the historic “old waterworks building” through a Memorandum of Agreement with the City of Wetaskiwin. Over the next 5 years the society used the building as ‘home base’ for the Waterworks Players and focused on building their reserve fund.

In 2011 the lobby area of the facility was upgraded. This space has a seating capacity of 50 and is available for rent small events, as rehearsal or meeting space, and is used for house concerts and open mic nights.

Renovation to the auditorium has been on-going since the summer of 2012 as time and funds allow. With the capacity to host events, the role of the Wetaskiwin Theatre Society expanded to include the management of the facility.

As a result of a significant corporate sponsorship in 2015, the facility has been rebranded as The Manluk Theatre for the Performing Arts.