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- Pepsi Manager Eric Olson, Wildhorse ...
- Pepsi Manager Eric Olson, Wildhorse Theatre Artistic Director Lisa Aasebo and clowns Fisher Nelson, Mackenzie Nelson and Brenna Comishin are seated in the old, worn seats and some of the newer style that have been replaced in the last decade. - Annalee Grant photo
Pepsi Manager Eric Olson, Wildhorse Theatre Artistic Director Lisa Aasebo and clowns Fisher Nelson, Mackenzie Nelson and Brenna Comishin are seated in the old, worn seats and some of the newer style that have been replaced in the last decade.
Lisa Aasebo, artistic director of the Wildhorse Theatre, has launched a seat sponsorship campaign in a bid to get all 288 seats returned to their original, comfy glory.
"I want to restore them, rather than just replacing them," Aasebo
said the Wildhorse
was constructed in 1972 in an older style, which means unlike the other historic buildings at Fort Steele
, it's not a heritage building.
That means it is easier to get projects like the seat restoration done without having to fill out excessive paperwork for a heritage building.
The fundraising for the seats began in February when Aasebo
held a cabaret at the Wildhorse
The money from that event went into the seat fund, and there were many questions on how people could help.
Some asked if they could donate the $100 for a seat, and the idea for a seat sponsorship campaign was born.
said that anyone interested in sponsoring a seat will have a plaque with their name or company fixed to that particular seat.
So far, 60 seats have been paid for, thanks in part to a generous donation from Pepsi
They donate money to Fort Steele
every year, and the money was earmarked for to the seat fund after staff recognized it as an urgent need.
Their $2,000 donation will restore 20 seats.
That makes 60 out of 288 - with 228 seats left to be paid for.
"We've got a way to go," Aasebo
Aasebo joined the Fort Steele staff as artistic director for the Wildhorse this year.
signed on full time and has been endeavoring to make the theatre a lively and well-used space ever since.
has identified many needs that the aging theatre needs replaced, and one of the biggest concerns besides the seats is that some of the lighting equipment is outdated and obsolete.
Some of the lightbulbs are no longer available to be purchased because they were manufactured in the '70s.
"It's a really big process to get the building up to where we can host stuff in it all the time," Aasebo
has big things in mind for this summer, and hopes to see the theatre running six days a week.
is hoping to have the funding in place for the seats by the beginning of April so they can close the theatre, restore the seats, and have it open again in time for the summer season.
Kimberley Dance Academy
Although Lisa hails from Vancouver, she
has a deep love for the Kootenay's and all of its cultural offerings.
fascination with this beautiful community while performing for three glorious summer seasons at Fort Steele Heritage Town, and went on to perform for Kimberley Summer Theatre in 2011.
From September 2011- December 2012, Lisa
officially took on the role of Artistic Director of The Wildhorse Theatre at Fort Steele Heritage Town
and ran a never before attempted, full theatre season.
has now turned her
focus to realizing her
life-long dream and opening her
own Children's Theatre Companies with 'Creative Monkey's Children's Programmes' for 3-11 year olds, and 'Theatre Boot Camp' for 12-17 year olds, right here in the East Kootenays.
has greatly enjoyed her
years of Adjudicating the Speech Arts section of the East Kootenays Performing Arts Festival.
has professionally trained in both the Theatre and Musical Theatre Programs at Capilano University
in North Vancouver.
has toured Western Canada with 2 seasons of Jubilations Dinner Theatre, performed for over 25 years on stages and film sets throughout 'The Coast', and in between, spent many hours teaching and creating theatre for young people in Dance Studios
, Rec Centres and Elementary Schools
would like to personally extend her
applause and gratitude to all community members whom support artistic endeavours; whatever they may be.
firmly believes there is nothing more important and humanizing in this world than the compassion, understanding, barrier-breaking and inclusiveness the arts have always, and will always, provide to Society as a whole.
"We have quite a few seats ...
"We have quite a few seats in the Wildhorse Theatre that need a little TLC," said Lisa Aasebo, artistic director at the Wildhorse Theatre.
The Valentine's Day theme fits right in with what's required to repair the 40-year old seats, she added.
"The Wildhorse needs a little love right now."
Built in 1972, the theatre has seen better days.
It has already undergone renovations, including upgrades to the electrical system, and the balcony has been repaired.
New lighting has been earmarked for the building as well.
said the seats are difficult to repair because the style is no longer manufactured.
So far, Fort Steele has been custom repairing one at a time, but they have entered a state of disrepair now that means many need to be replaced at the same time.
"They're all beautiful," Aasebo
said of the vintage seats.
"They're very different from seats now."
The performance won't be all that's on the go the night of February 11.
said they will be having twoonie games during the intermission, and backstage tours will be offered to see the restoration work that has already been done.
Tickets to see He
Said/She Said are available at the door for $15, or by calling Fort Steele at (250) 417-6000.
is still looking for interested performers to take to the stage.
If interested, contact her
at (250) 420-7154.
Lisa Aasebo and David Popoff ...
Lisa Aasebo and David Popoff play Jane and Roy respectively-along with five other characters each.
Lisa Aasebo, Artistic Director of The Wildhorse Theatre, believes that visitors to the historical site will experience new connections to the past any day of the week they visit, and recommends coming more than once through the season.
Treasures Events Section
Mar 19-23 Fort Steele, BC - Drama Camp for Kids at Fort Steele Heritage Town, 9851 Highway 93/95, Fort Steele, BC, Spring Break Theatre Camp in the Wildhorse Theatre, Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm, Ages 6-12 years, contact Lisa Aasebo, Artistic Director, at email@example.com or 250-420-7154; Apr 27 - Basic Horse Driving Clinic and Field Days, call Tyler at 250-420-7166, visit www.fortsteele.ca.