A theatre project dedicated to bringing
together a creative collective on Kelowna's
Westside. Family-friendly productions for our
Community, by our community.
Welcome to Crossing Creek Community Theatre— a milestone for live theatre enthusiasts in West Kelowna— our own live amateur theatre company!
Crossing Creek began as an idea 18 years ago when Leanne Reimer moved to West Kelowna. She came to this community with theatre training and experience and a love for amateur theatre. But there were no opportunities in West Kelowna—a gap between Kelowna and Peachland.
In 2019 Leanne approached her church—Powers Creek Community Church—with the idea of backing a local theatre endeavour. Powers Creek welcomed the opportunity to connect with their community through this fun art form, and to help provide a beneficial activity for all of West Kelowna.
In September of 2019, Crossing Creek Community Theatre was launched. Because of the amazing outpouring of support from Westside individuals, groups, and local businesses the inaugural production was a tremendous success. It was a beautiful product of many hours of work and fun, many dollars of support, and the realization of many hopes and dreams.
In April 2020, Crossing Creek Community Theatre became its own Not-For-Profit Society.
In August/September 2020, an outdoor production was staged at local wineries. Given the easing of the pandemic parameters, it was welcomed and well-supported by the community! CoVid-19 protocols were implemented to ensure the safety of our volunteers and audience members.
But the best part of any production is not the performance, it’s the people – the friends and neighbours from all walks of life, working together for a common goal—the enhancement of our community. It’s a lovely picture of the heart of our community. It always shines through and we hope you cannot help but see it and feel it on our stage!
Crossing Creek Community Theatre
A true community theatre for Westside Kelowna has long been a dream of Leanne Reimer, the Artistic Director of Crossing Creek Community Theatre. Under her direction and with great enthusiasm, she brought together 40+ volunteers and coordinated hundreds of man-hours resulting in its successful launching in September 2019.Leanne has been a Glenrosa resident in West Kelownafor 18 years. Her love for the theatre beganas a young child and grew with her. By high school in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, she played lead roles in musicals, one act plays, and dinner theatres, winning provincial awards for acting and student directing.
Leanne entered the theatre program at Simon Fraser University and completed a BA with a major in English Literature and a minor in Theatre. After dabbling in camera and film work in Vancouver, she moved back to the prairies where leading a touring drama team was part of her job at Aldersgate College in Before moving to West Kelowna, Leanne performed and directed in community theatre in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, co-founded a drama school for children called Stage Left Drama Club, brought one-act community plays to provincial competitions—again winning awards for acting and directing—and performed with Sioux Valley summer theatre in Estevan.
Raising a family gave Leanne less time for the theatre, but she continued to write, direct, and perform in many community dramas for children, special occasions and events. Leanne has seen that community theatre provides not only home-grown entertainment, but an avenue for a community of artists and supporters to gather, share talents, and foster relationships and unity. Her desire in founding Crossing Creek Community Theatre is to provide Westside Kelowna with such an opportunity for growth, learning, and connection within the community.
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