SUMMERSIDE – A Summerside-based theatre company has outgrown its present location and is relocating to a larger studio.
Spotlight Theatre Company will be moving from its Water location to the Harbour Quay Building.
“It’s for more space,” said Reasha Walsh, founder of the company. “We are growing and growing quickly. It is a larger space and it also gives us a great advantage. Where we’re at right now, we have our storage upstairs so we’re constantly lugging stuff up and down stairs. This way we won’t have to because our storage is all going to be on one level.”
Spotlight Theatre Company offers theatre arts programs including acting, musical theatre, dance and imrov. Programs offer hands n learning experiences for all ages.
Students have opportunities to show case their skills through various performances.
“We’ve already started packing this week but will be officially moved on June 1 into an office and storage space,” Walsh said.
“Our studio will officially open on Oct. 1. We’re always a little bit quieter in the summer. We are going to be teaching weekly classes and the Oct. 1 is going to be our official grand opening in the new space.
“It will give us a few months to get all of our stuff sorted because we have thousands of costumes.”
Walsh said the company is intending to increase the number of participants in the theatre programs.
“We’re adding new programs,” she said. “We’re going to try and launch an after school program. We’re expanding our birthday party program so people can have their birthday parties at the studio with all different themes. We’re going to be expanding some of our classes. We’re adding a couple of new classes.
Walsh said the number of recitals will also be increased.
“Usually we do one recital a year,” she said. “Next year we will do two. So, there’s a while lot going on.”
Walsh said the theatre is open to people of all ages and interests.
“We do from age five to 105,” she said. “We have classes for children, teenagers and adults. In the adult program, our oldest student is 47.”
She said the whole idea behind the wide range of ages taking part is that performing arts education is important at all stages of life not only to develop performance skills but to assist in the development of life skills, including confidence building, creative expression, commitment, leadership, public speaking and team work skills. It is also an opportunity to meet new friends.
“The adult classes are a bit more for fun,” she said.
“It’s something to do to get out. We have a lot of 20 somethings and 40 somethings. A lot of my students who have grown up and are out of high school and have gone away to university and come back take the classes because it’s great activity and something to do.”
Walsh said she had been thinking about making the move to a larger studio since the fall.
“We’ve started really looking around in January and we finally settled on a place in that building,” she said.
“We had been looking everywhere. It’s hard to find the right space because we need a big open area with high ceilings and no obstructions.”
“The process to look took a little longer than we had hoped. But it is good timing because our current season is ending next week.”