Osoyoos native Leah Foreman is returning home to run the show at Oliver's Frank Venables Theatre.

An Osoyoos woman is coming home after making her mark in the Lower Mainland’s theatre scene.

The Oliver Community Theatre Society and Frank Venables Theatre has named Leah Foreman its Theatre Manager.

“The opportunity at the Venables seemed like the perfect fit,” said Ms. Foreman. “I am looking forward to being a part of the South Okanagan Arts community and enjoying all the new and old experiences the area has to offer.”

Born and raised in the South Okanagan, Ms. Foreman left the region after high school and earned a diploma in Stagecraft from Vancouver’s Douglas College.

“I remember sneaking out of PE to go and spend time in the theatre,” she says of her school days at Osoyoos Secondary. “I am pretty sure the teachers knew where I was but they also knew it was where I needed to be.

“I knew very early on that I was never going to be in front of the stage but that I still wanted some sort of career in the performing arts.”

After finishing college, Ms. Foreman went to work in the Lower Mainland, working in theatres and performance venues and becoming familiar with everything from large performance spaces such as Roger’s Arena to very small companies like Green Thumb Theatre.

Ms. Foreman has worked with children’s entertainers, contemporary dance, dramatic arts and comedy, to all forms of musical presentations.

Her experience includes working in pretty much every function behind the curtain and also ding stints with tours, festivals, venues, parades and even rodeos.

“We are extremely pleased to have Leah join our team as her love of all the arts, but especially the performing arts is very strong, and she backs that up with solid experience working in many aspects of theatre operations, production and presentation” said Tom Szalay, president of the community theatre’s board of directors.

“And there’s a bonus: she’s actually from the Okanagan.”

For Ms. Foreman, who takes over at the Theatre April 1, the return home was a long time coming.

“My parents are still in Osoyoos so I do get back often for visits,” she said. “I always feel that the visits are way too short and have been wanting to move back for a while now.”

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