Entertaining the Shuswap since 1977!

  • Mary Poppins
  • Outlaw
  • The Odd Couple
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Herbal Bed
  • Pack of Lies
  • Mary Poppins
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Renovation: The Musical
  • Theatre on the Edge Festival
  • Welfarewell

Our Vision

To enrich the lives of community members through diverse and inspiring live entertainment and opportunities for creative dramatic experience.

OZone Drama Festival 2017

OZone Drama Festival 2017

It’s all over but the shouting. Shuswap Theatre is proud to have hosted a very successful Theatre BC Okanagan Zone Drama Festival. The theme was Canada 150 and theatre groups from all over the Kamloops-Okanagan presented their plays on our stage from May 20–27. This is a wonderful opportunity for local audiences to see fine Canadian plays and it’s a great learning experience for cast, crew and audience alike.


Best Production: Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre, Kelowna

Runner Up: Since You Left Us, South Okanagan Players, Oliver

Best Director: Rob Mason-Brown, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre

Best Actor: George Young, Half Life, Asparagus Theatre, Armstrong

Best Actress: Janet Anderson, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre

Best Supporting Actor: Rob Mason-Brown, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre

Best Supporting Actress: Destiny MacWatters, Sisters, Powerhouse Theatre, Vernon

Set Design: Bruce Turnbull, Half Life, Asparagus Theatre

Lighting Design: Vanessa Lomas, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre

Sound Design: Trevor Leigh, Since You Left Us, South Okanagan Players

Costume Design: Anne Ramey + Kerri Younie , RAFT: a Rock Opera, Theatre Kelowna

Props: Allen Bensmiller, Half Life, Asparagus Theatre

Set Décor: Bill Haidei, Rob Mason-Brown, Jenn Mills, Eric Dennis, Brad Hull, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton

Best Ensemble: Sisters, Powerhouse Theatre

Best Newcomer: Valerie Heathman, Since You Left Us, South Okanagan Players

Adjudicator’s Special Merit Awards
1. For Courageous Minimalism: Possible Worlds, Crimson Tine Theatre, Princeton
2. Best Musical Direction: Randal Robinson, RAFT, Theatre Kelowna
3. Best Solo Performance: Kaitlan Hunter, Jewel, Shuswap Theatre
4. Best Original Score: Goran Sukunda, Age of Arousal, Fred Skeleton Theatre
5. Best Musical Ensemble: RAFT, Theatre Kelowna

Huge congratulations to everyone who participated and helped out with this year’s OZone a festival!

Shuswap Theatre Honours James Bowlby

Shuswap Theatre Honours James Bowlby

Shuswap Theatre took a few minutes during the OZone Festival awards ceremony to present a special trophy to founder and long time member, James Bowlby. James recently stepped down from the Artistic Committee, a post he has held for many years. It gave us pause to reflect on his considerable contributions over many years. Some highlights from the presentation:

  • Driving force behind the founding of Shuswap Theatre
  • Love of period pieces, costumes, sets and beautiful stage pictures that flow into each other
  • Ambitious in many ways – plays chosen, taking on large projects, etc.
  • Major force in the acquisition and renovation of our current theatre building from an old radiator shop
  • Efforts to create opportunities for young people (summer theatre, Salmon Arm Actors Studio).
  • Served as OZone chair and President of Theatre BC.
  • Received the prestigious Eric Hamber trophy from Theatre BC for “outstanding contribution to community theatre in BC over a long period.”
  • Received from the zone, the Ozzie Award for “an outstanding contribution to the Okanagan Zone and to community theatre in BC.”
  • Continues to produce plays for dinner theatre and is preparing a short play for Theatre on the Edge this July
  • Continues as president of the Shuswap Society for Arts and Culture, with the aim of constructing a performing arts centre in Salmon Arm
  • There are very few people who have been more dedicated to the art and practice of community theatre. It has been his life.

Thank you James

Improv Super Summer Kick-Off

Improv Super Summer Kick-Off

Shuswap Theatre is proud to present the Improv Super Summer Kick-Off  featuring the Laughing Gas Improv Troupe & Vernon’s Monkey with a Button.

Two shows for the price of one. Also featuring live music with Rod Schumacher. No minors, please – licensed event.

Saturday June 3rd 2017, 7:30 pm
Bar open at 6:30pm
All Tickets $10


Theatre on the Edge 2017

Theatre on the Edge 2017

July 21-23

Shuswap Theatre’s summer festival of bold and brave theatre is back. Seven fresh, new 60 minute theatre productions alternate with sets of live music outdoors on the patio from noon to night all weekend. Buy a pass and immerse yourself in the experience – there are 14 shows to choose from! Single tickets, passes and information on individual shows will be available soon right here and at Intwined Fibre Arts (81 Hudson Ave NE).

Click for the details.

Kids' Drama Camps

Kids' Drama Camps

Once again, Michelle Atkins is offering her popular series of  camps for kids at Shuswap Theatre. This year she will be focusing on drama – play building, movement and music. Kids and parents alike give rave reviews about this creative camp experience.

Each camp is 4 days, 9 am-2 pm, Monday-Thursday, or Tuesday-Friday.

  • July 3-6: Ages 8-10
  • July 10-13:   Ages 6-8
  • July 25-28:   Ages 9-11
  • July 31-Aug 3:   Ages 12-14

Click here for all the details.