The Souris Valley Theatre is a non-profit professional musical theatre. The season runs during the summer at our permanent theatre building, Frehlick Hall, in Woodlawn Park in Estevan, Saskatchewan. The season consists of 2 main stage productions. We also host many other events which may include concerts, Fringe shows, children’s theatre and other unique events.
Along with producing a dynamic theatre season we also host summer theatre camps for children ages 6 to 18.
The Souris Valley Theatre began our story in 1989, when a group of interested citizens decided to form a Tourism Committee to promote the city. City Council approved and appointed the committee officially in 1989. At that Tourism Saskatchewan suggested the committee find a way to encourage overnight visits as money was then spent on hotels, restaurants and shopping. Later that summer, the Souris Valley Theatre was established.
The City of Estevan provided a $2000 prize for a playwright who wrote the best script for a play based on Estevan's rum running history. Dr. Ron Mavor, Head of the Drama Department at the University of Saskatchewan agreed to judge the entries. He chose The Volstead Blues by Billy Morton. He then offered to have his senior students produce it for their spring tour. They would then perform in Estevan for the theatre.
The next year the theatre was able to add a second production with the fortunate find of Ron Ror, a recently retired director/producer for CBC Television in Toronto.
As time went on the Souris Valley Theatre progressed from outdoors, to a rented tent, and then to a tent purchased for the theatre by the Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. The new tent brought along a location change, to our current home at Woodlawn Regional Park. Our biggest step forward came when Ray Frehlick had our current theatre, Frehlick Hall, built for us. We were now bringing visitors from all comers of the province, including busloads from Manitoba, and many Americans.
Since the construction of the hall we have continued to upgrade our facilities like our main office and concession, as well as our technical equipment, to make each theatre experience memorable and one of a kind
Souris Valley Theatre is very thankful to our supporters. Without all the assistance of the City of Estevan and the Woodlawn Regional Park, we would not be able to provide live, professional summer theatre for Estevan and area.