The Interlake has been the site of live theatre since 1992, when the Gimli Theatre Association was formed. The founders of the Gimli Theatre Association wanted to achieve two goals – to give Gimliland surrounding communities a chance to experience live theatre in their own backyard, and to give local actors and backstage people the opportunity to gain experience close to home.
The group operates out of the historic Unitarian Church on 2nd Avenue in Gimli, the second oldest building in the community. The 104-year old A-Spire Theatre is a designated heritage building that the theatre group shares with the Unitarian Church congregration. For the past five years, the GTA has held an annual summer theatre festival in the 80-seat building. Last year’s line-up included productions by Shoestring Players and New Stage Productions of Winnipeg, Seven Ages Productions from Brandon, Tumbleweed from Virden as well as the GTA’s offering.
The group is making preliminary plans to launch a winter season, based on “The Order of Good Cheer” evening that was started last year as an informal evening of entertainment to introduce more residents to the group and get more people involved.