Royal Canadian Theatre Company artistic director Ellie King and Todd Ayotte, the city’s cultural development co-ordinator, inside the 10660 City Parkway space last December, before renovations were completed. (file photo: Tom Zillich)

Royal Canadian Theatre Company artistic director Ellie King and Todd Ayotte, the city’s cultural development co-ordinator, inside the 10660 City Parkway space last December, before renovations were completed. (file photo: Tom Zillich)

Move-in time for Royal Canadian Theatre Company at its new home in Surrey

Shared studio is a former auto garage at 10660 City Parkway

SURREY — Royal Canadian Theatre Company is about to officially set up shop at its new home studio, at 10660 City Parkway.

An invite-only opening celebration will take place on June 20 at Surrey’s newest arts hub, which the company will share with StreetRich Hip-Hop Society.

The so-called “Ten Six Sixty” studio is a former auto garage that measures 2,500 square feet. The city’s renovation bill over the past year was around $300,000.

Royal Canadian plans to rehearse its plays in the space and also use it to create sets and host classes. This Saturday (June 10), the company is hosting a free Scene Art Workshop – a hands-on demonstration of scene-painting techniques sponsored by Cloverdale Paint. To register for the event, email artistic director Ellie King at ellie@rctheatreco.com.

Next month, the company will stage Teen Summer Camp Acting Classes, starting on July 17. “Build Your Own Play!” says an event advisory at rctheatreco.com. “You write, design and act in your own play. Speak your own words as characters you create.” The fee to attend is $150.

Royal Canadian’s plays next season, starting this coming October, are The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Christmastime panto Sinbad, the Pirates and the Island of the Dinosaur and, next spring, the Ray Cooney comedy Funny Money.

tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com