Our History

Our History

Ladysmith, BC - Home of the Ladysmith Little Theatre

Ladysmith Little Theatre was the dream and vision of Judi and Terry Whittaker.

The old Diamond School House (where the theatre is now) had been sitting empty since approximately 1985.  Built in 1912, Diamond Crossing School had originally been a one room school, with an additional room added sometime during the fifties.

In October 2003, Judy and Terry arranged to view the building with School District #68 and in December 2003, they began negotiations for a five year, renewable lease with SD68.  

In January 2004, work began to transform the building into an actual theatre.  A group of volunteers, including Terry, Bruce Mason and many community volunteers accomplished this huge undertaking in 6 weeks! 
This main room became the auditorium (house in theatrical terms).   A raised stage, a control booth and a small dressing room we built next.  The theatre lobby, formerly a cloakroom and locker room, was completely redecorated and carpeted.  A staff room became a kitchen and 220v wiring was installed along with a basic sound system.  Chairs were purchased, tables constructed and the theatre was finally ready for an audience.

On March 24, 2004, the theatre doors opened to an invited audience with an Open House potluck supper and a Variety Show.  It was a great success which proved all of the hard work and dedication was worth the effort.  During that first summer, Judi and Terry Whittaker performed The Bull and Bush Pub Show and the British Pub set for the production was the inspiration for the auditorium decor.   The decor stayed in place until the summer of 2013, when members Maureen Molyneaux and Wayne Williams led a crew of volunteers to upgrade the house to the beautiful decor you see today.
In September, 2012, the theatre was able to purchase the land and building from School District 68.  Because of our long standing exemplary relationship with SD68, we were granted a 5 year no-interest loan to cover the mortgage payments.  With dedicated support of our membership, donors, patrons, advertisers, grants and some fundraising events, we’re continuing to inch toward complete ownership.   Members continue to put their time and expertise into upgrades and decor, inside and out.

 In the summer of 2017, board member, Lyndon Bzdel, led a group of theatre volunteers and community members to paint the entire outside of the building, including new signage and outside lighting.  Artist, Korinna Leach painted the exquisite mural to enhance the front of the building.  Michael Lamoureux, volunteer workshop manager, as well as building outstanding sets each season, Michael  designed and built a new wheelchair ramp at the front door.  Michael has plans to replace the rotted ramp at the south door entrance next season.

Today, everyone involved in one of our productions is a member volunteer, including actors, crew, set designers, technicians, construction crew, box office, front of house volunteers,  Board of Directors and committee members.  It is our member volunteers who keep Ladysmith Little Theatre alive and growing.  Our ultimate goal is to continue to grow and provide quality, accessible community theatre for Ladysmith and the surrounding communities.

Ladysmith Little Theatre was the dream and vision of Judi and Terry Whittaker.

The old Diamond School House (where the theatre is now) had been sitting empty since approximately 1985.  Built in 1912, Diamond Crossing School had originally been a one room school, with an additional room added sometime during the fifties.

In October 2003, Judy and Terry arranged to view the building with School District #68 and in December 2003, they began negotiations for a five year, renewable lease with SD68.  

In January 2004, work began to transform the building into an actual theatre.  A group of volunteers, including Terry, Bruce Mason and many community volunteers accomplished this huge undertaking in 6 weeks! 
This main room became the auditorium (house in theatrical terms).   A raised stage, a control booth and a small dressing room we built next.  The theatre lobby, formerly a cloakroom and locker room, was completely redecorated and carpeted.  A staff room became a kitchen and 220v wiring was installed along with a basic sound system.  Chairs were purchased, tables constructed and the theatre was finally ready for an audience.

Ladysmith, BC - Home of the Ladysmith Little Theatre

On March 24, 2004, the theatre doors opened to an invited audience with an Open House potluck supper and a Variety Show.  It was a great success which proved all of the hard work and dedication was worth the effort.  During that first summer, Judi and Terry Whittaker performed The Bull and Bush Pub Show and the British Pub set for the production was the inspiration for the auditorium decor.   The decor stayed in place until the summer of 2013, when members Maureen Molyneaux and Wayne Williams led a crew of volunteers to upgrade the house to the beautiful decor you see today.
In September, 2012, the theatre was able to purchase the land and building from School District 68.  Because of our long standing exemplary relationship with SD68, we were granted a 5 year no-interest loan to cover the mortgage payments.  With dedicated support of our membership, donors, patrons, advertisers, grants and some fundraising events, we’re continuing to inch toward complete ownership.   Members continue to put their time and expertise into upgrades and decor, inside and out.

 In the summer of 2017, board member, Lyndon Bzdel, led a group of theatre volunteers and community members to paint the entire outside of the building, including new signage and outside lighting.  Artist, Korinna Leach painted the exquisite mural to enhance the front of the building.  Michael Lamoureux, volunteer workshop manager, as well as building outstanding sets each season, Michael  designed and built a new wheelchair ramp at the front door.  Michael has plans to replace the rotted ramp at the south door entrance next season.

Today, everyone involved in one of our productions is a member volunteer, including actors, crew, set designers, technicians, construction crew, box office, front of house volunteers,  Board of Directors and committee members.  It is our member volunteers who keep Ladysmith Little Theatre alive and growing.  Our ultimate goal is to continue to grow and provide quality, accessible community theatre for Ladysmith and the surrounding communities.