Curtain call at City Stage New West

After nearly 20 years of serving and entertaining the community, the group has decided to shut down

Left: City Stage New West members take part in A Christmas Carol. Right, the poster for Stump City Stories. City Stage New West.

It’s been a heck of a run, but City Stage New West (CSNW)—the not-for-profit whose goal was to bring professional theatre to the city—has closed its doors.

With the closure, it has chosen to give the last of its funds to the Massey Theatre Society, Royal City Musical Theatre, and the Vagabond Players.

CSNW was established in 2005, but in 2008 began to hone in on bringing high-quality theatre to New West. The group took a variety of works—from Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot—and brought them to life on the stage. The group aimed to fill a gap in the theatre scene after the closure of the Raymond Burr Theatre.

CSNW is also recognized for it works on Stump City Stories, an original musical commissioned of composer George Ryan, whose work covered the history of New West.

“Producing artistic director Renée Bucciarelli and long-time co-founder/board president/treasurer/director Pansy Jang wish to express particular thanks to Jessica Schneider and the Massey Theatre for the support and generosity they’ve always shown,” the group says in a statement.

They are also offering kudos to to Angela Kerslake at the Galbraith Conference Centre, to Rob McCullough and Hannah Bennett of the Anvil Centre, and to Holy Trinity Cathedral.

“[Thanks] to all former City Stage New West Board members, and the many wonderful audience members and community folks who’ve supported City Stage New West throughout the years. We couldn’t have done it without you!”

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