RuBarb Pro­duc­tions Inc. takes fi­nal bow;

pro­fes­sional the­atre com­pany ceases op­er­a­tions

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Moose Jaw’s pro­fes­sional the­atre com­pany, RuBarb Pro­duc­tions Inc. has closed its doors for good af­ter five years of pro­vid­ing vi­brant the­atre and School of the Per­form­ing Arts in the com­mu­nity.

The com­pany of­fi­cially ceased op­er­a­tions on Septem­ber 28, cit­ing the lack of fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity in its de­ci­sion to shut down.

In a re­lease, RuBarb said, “fol­low­ing the sum­mer the­atre fes­ti­val, the Board re­viewed the to­tal op­er­a­tions of RuBarb Pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing the School of the Per­form­ing Arts and con­cluded that RuBarb Pro­duc­tions is no longer fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able.” RuBarb’s de­ci­sion comes on the heels of an un­sta­ble year for the the­atre group as it fought to keep its doors open af­ter they were asked to evict their home of one year, the Moose Jaw Cul­tural Cen­ter. The Board says, how­ever, that it was a col­lec­tion of fac­tors that were con­sid­ered, that caused the the­atre com­pany to shut down for good.

Former Board Chair and mem­ber Glenn Hagel says he will not “point any fin­gers” to any one fac­tor that may have stim­u­lated this de­ci­sion, but the com­pany was no longer fea­si­ble to op­er­ate. “I don’t want to point any fin­gers. When reach­ing the con­clu­sion, it’s never any one sin­gle fac­tor but a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors. The fact is that our rev­enues for the sum­mer the­atre fes­ti­val were lower than ex­pected and quite dif­fer­ent from what was an­tic­i­pated, and it brought us to the point where we thought that we were no longer fi­nan­cially sus­tain­able and the re­spon­si­ble thing to do was to cease op­er­a­tions. We reached the point where we no longer had fi­nances and couldn’t see a way of mov­ing for­ward.” Hagel says they are now in the process of dis­solv­ing the cor­po­ra­tion.

“We’ve ceased op­er­a­tions and are now in the process of dis­solv­ing the cor­po­ra­tion. When you’re a non-profit cor­po­ra­tion and you ceased to op­er­ate, then the fi­nal step of that is to dis­solve the cor­po­ra­tion so we’re now in the process of do­ing that. See­ing that it’s no longer op­er­at­ing, it will cease to ex­ist as a cor­po­rate en­tity.”

He thanked the com­mu­nity for its sup­port over the five-year pe­riod.

“I hope that the ex­pe­ri­ence of RuBarb Pro­duc­tions has con­trib­uted to Moose Jaw’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the arts and un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of sup­port for the arts as a valu­able part of the com­mu­nity. We have a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the many peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses that sup­ported RuBarb over the last five years. With­out all of those sup­ports, it would have been im­pos­si­ble to have a pro­fes­sional the­atre com­pany and School of Per­form­ing Arts.

“We want to say a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who has been sup­port­ive, in­clud­ing the many peo­ple who pur­chased tick­ets and sup­ported our per­for­mances. We wish we could see the con­tin­u­a­tion of a pro­fes­sional the­atre here in Moose Jaw but per­haps, an­other day.”

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