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Gallery 7 receives $22,000 from the province

Local theatre group will benefit from community gaming grant

The Gallery 7 Theatre and Performing Arts Society is receiving $22,000 in community gaming grants from the province.

Gallery 7 is now entering its 24th season of offering entertaining theatre that explores the spiritual, social and relational aspects of the human experience. The theatre offers the community a full season of productions, guest performances and a summer theatre camp programs for children and teens.

This season, the theatre will produce four main-stage productions including William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in November, William Nicholson’s Shadowlands in January, the Tony Award-winning musical Fiddler on the Roof in March and the compelling 110 Stories in May. The season will also feature guest performing artists Panic Squad and Friends in October, and Christmas Presence in the Valley this December.

“We are very grateful for this grant,” said executive/artistic director Ken Hildebrandt. “It is crucial to helping us provide the community quality arts programming that stirs the heart, challenges the mind and elevates the soul, while keeping theatre affordable and accessible for the entire community.”

“It is important to support the arts, especially at the local level,” said Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong. “It provides the opportunity to showcase local talent and nurture creativity right here in our own community.”

These grants have been awarded under the arts and culture category of the community gaming grant program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the province.