By Christine Rumleskie
Stage North is not giving up.
City Council rejected the group’s proposal to occupy the former ‘Sew it Yourself Shop’, at Monday night’s city council meeting. The City said that the building was in an ‘uninhabitable condition.’
The local theatre group currently practices in a building on 100th Street just outside Fort St. John. That building has since been sold, and the group will be forced to move as of April 30th.
But, Part-time Executive Director Sue Popesku says the group will continue to look for space.
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Popesku says the main issue is the storage and construction of stage sets. She says the Cultural Centre doesn’t have enough room for storage, and is usually booked up during preferred rehearsal hours (evenings and weekends).
The Kids Arena isn’t a viable option, as the City is trying to reserve that space for sports-oriented groups.
And Popesku says the Enerplex doesn’t work either because the hours of operation aren’t very flexible.
Popesku says even renting a commercial building won’t work, because prices usually exceed the group’s budget.
She says for now, Stage North will continue to look into all options. But she says she hopes the City will place a higher priority on the arts in Fort St. John.
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If anyone in the community knows of a suitable area that’s around 3000 square feet in size, they are asked to call Sue Popesku at 250-785-6214.