New West Theatre, Lethbridge, Alberta
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New West Theatre, Lethbridge, Alberta
Artistic Director: Brian Parkinson
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New West Theatre Society was formed in April 1990 to provide a summer season of quality summer theatre for Lethbridge, Alberta and area residents and visitors. The Society is registered in Alberta and is a non profit registered charitable organization which presents its productions under the banner of New West Theatre, a non Equity professional live theatre company.

New West theatre has established a significant reputation and a large following over the years, in Alberta, British Columbia and well beyond. Summer seasons draw upwards of 15,000 to 20,000 each over a nine week season and an annual tradition of Christmas productions was begun in 1991.

A tour of a New West Theatre presentation, produced by past company member Keith O'Sullivan, traveled throughout British Columbia and Alberta in 1991 and 1992 with much success. The company has operated resident summer companies in both Victoria and Kolowna, B.C.

The company expanded both its operations and its staff and in 1993 as it experimented with the possibility of year round operations. In late 1993, the New West Ticket Centre was developed to provide the company and the community of Lethbridge with its first computerized ticketing system.

Since 1994, productions have included a local school tour, a tour to Cranbrook, and the now traditional large scale summer and Christmas productions. In 1995, New West Theatre expanded again, adding the Festival Company for the production of non musical dramatic works. In 1996, the company performed at the Alberta Winter Games and in the summer of 1996 toured to Kelowna, B.C. while also presenting productions in Lethbridge. 1996 also saw the addition of a New West Children's Theatre company to create and perform original versions of children's classics at Christmas time. 1997 included two separate tours of major musicals to Kelowna, B.C., one of which was a co-production with Kelowna's Sunshine Theatre Company.

New West Theatre is the largest single user of the Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge. The company performs in both the 500-seat Yates Theatre and the 180-seat Sterndale Bennet Theatre. It is the only year-round professional theatre company south o fCalgary and the first one east of Vancouver on southern Route 3. In 1996, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts recognized New West Theatre as one of Alberta's Smaller Professional Theatre Organizations.
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