The little theatre that can: Station Arts Theatre destination for tourists

Jodi Schellenberg
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What started out as an old CN station has bloomed into something beautiful.

This summer the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern will be putting on two plays instead of one.

The Station Arts Centre in Rosthern is a combination of a restaurant, art gallery and theatre all rolled into one.

Not only do people come to check out the winter concerts and summer plays in the state-of-the-art theatre, they also enjoy homemade meals at the Tea Room.

“We also have a professional art gallery, the Kathy Thiessen Art Gallery, where we have visual art exhibits that change out usually monthly, sometimes every two months,” co-executive director Nicole Thiessen said.

Those passing through Rosthern this summer will be excited to hear there will be two theatre productions this summer.

This year Thiessen and Nadine Ens took on the co-executive director positions and decided to see if it would be possible to put on two productions.

“I don’t know if it will be something we will continue or if just every now and again we do it,” Thiessen said. “We thought it would be a good idea because a lot of time our visitors that come from … across Canada, sometimes they work us into their holiday and they often wanted something in August as well.”

Since many wanted to plan holidays in August, the two women decided to add a second production that month.

It is a destination for many people, who put in an entire day in Rosthern, visiting the sites, having an early supper at the Tea Room and checking out the art gallery before watching a play.

“It is a really cool rural experience,” Thiessen said. “It is like a big city type show with a small town experience. A lot of people really enjoy that.”

The first play will be Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster, which will run July 4-27.

“It is about one ordinary family on one extraordinary day,” Thiessen said. “What happens is Sam and Hilda Fluck, they are a couple about to celebrate becoming empty nesters when all of a sudden their grown children return home unexpectedly.”

The comedy is based in post-war 1956 and shows the couple’s lives being turned upside down unexpectedly.

“It really connects with a lot of people today and what is going on in a lot of people’s lives and (covers) a lot of the same issues,” Thiessen said.

The second play is Mesa by Doug Curtis, which will run August 8-24.

“It is basically a 93-year-old grandfather and his grandson-in-law take a trip to Mesa, Arizona to his retirement trailer together from Calgary,” Thiessen said.

She said the play throws two different characters together and asks the audience, “What could go wrong?”

“It is an interesting conflict of personalities anyway. It is a story of self-discovery, a heart-warming journey and they learn a lot about themselves and each other on this trip and what it means to be young at heart.”

After Hilda’s Yard opening night on Saturday, the will be a reception for both the actors and the artists of the main art show The Men Who Paint.

“They are a group of five artists out of Saskatoon who get together to do landscape art,” Thiessen said. “This show is based on a trip they had taken up north to the Yukon.”

For tickets, all the Station Arts Centre box office at 306-232-5332 or check out the website for more information at Those who would like to book a pre-dinner show must call ahead for reservations.

Organizations: Station Arts Theatre

Geographic location: Rosthern, Canada, Mesa, Arizona Calgary Saskatoon Yukon

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