Presented by North Shore Connexions Society for the benefit of the inclusive educational and recreational centre, The Summit.
Please come and join us!
Buy your tickets online at www.kaymeekcentre.com
Tickets are $15
Call our Box Office Tuesday – Saturday 12 pm – 5 pm at 604-981-6335
It took almost 40 years for West Vancouver to have its own performing arts centre. Local groups have long recognized the need, and on several occasions tried to build one.
Perhaps it’s fitting that in a community where so many successful entrepreneurs make their home, our performing arts centre is very much the product of one person’s vision, passion and financial generosity. Mrs. Kay Meek made this building come alive.
Born in England, Kay spent most of her life in West Vancouver. A long time supporter of Lower Mainland arts organizations, Kay had a goal to see a learning-based, performing arts centre built in the community she loved. She wanted to do it, as she said many times, “for the children.”
In 1998, a trust was established and funded by Kay Meek with an initial donation of $1 million to search for a possible location. Things began to move ahead in 2000 when the West Vancouver School District proposed that the new arts centre be built beside West Vancouver Secondary School. In 2002, a Joint Use Agreement was signed between the West Vancouver School District and the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust, which oversees the Centre’s operations.
Backed by another generous contribution from Kay Meek, construction commenced. During this planning and building process, Kay often commented that the construction of the theatre was what kept her going. Kay Meek died November 6th, 2004 the day of the first public performance at the Centre that now bears her name. She was 98.
In May 2005, Kay Meek Centre held its official grand opening. Highlighted by two sold out evening performances, the grand opening inaugurated the stage at a community celebration with performances by local and international artists, including a special performance by Ballet British Columbia, Theatre West Vancouver, Edith Wallace, and the GOH Ballet, as well as a building blessing ceremony by the Eagle Song Dancers of North Vancouver.
The Studio Theatre opened in May 2006 with a production by Theatre West Vancouver.