Meet Karen Jeffery
The Sunset Theatre Society is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to produce, nurture and present live professional theatre. Established in 2000, it has been offering programming at the Sunset Theatre in Wells since 2006. Programs include year-round professional theatre, artist retreats, rentals, workshops, musical theatre boot camp and a film festival. The Sunset Theatre serves as a tremendous asset to the community, providing seasonal employment and bringing in artists from across the country.
The building in which the theatre operates is itself a marvelous piece of Wells’ history. First built in 1934, it served originally as a movie house. It went through several more transformations over the decades, functioning as a dance hall, a gambling house and even a morgue. In the late 70’s the Wells Historical Society operated it as a movie house, but it eventually fell into disrepair. In 1999, current owner Karen Jeffery and her husband, Dave, restored the one hundred-seat historic theatre beyond its former glory. This little gem of a theatre offers two full dressing rooms, green room, concession, box office, an impressive costume and prop inventory and a technical infrastructure that rivals most regional theatres.
Because of its remote location, people are often surprised by the quality and excellence that comes out of this small town theatre. “It is gaining a national reputation for excellence,” says Karen. She acknowledges that it is only the tireless efforts of so many local volunteers and funding partners both past and present that has allowed the theatre to grow into what it is today, with plans for continued growth to a vision of becoming a destination theatre with worldwide renown.
Creative. Unique. Artistic.
The Sunset Theatre presents, produces and creates live theatre productions with an emphasis on Canadian content and artists. The annual Moonrise Film Festival and Musical Theatre Boot Camp for teens rounds out the programming, offering something for everyone.
The Sunset Theatre Society is a member of the Wells and District Chamber of Commerce.
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