Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre in ‘dire need’ of new roof Saskatoon

by Mia Holowaychuk

Construction for Persephone Theatre’s new roof begins later this month. (Mia Holowaychuk/650 CKOM)

A Saskatoon theatre is in desperate need of renovations.

According to Breanne Harmon, executive director of Persephone Theatre, the theatre is in “dire need” of a new roof. Harmon said it’s created a number of challenges, including constant leaking and pooling when snow or rain gathers on the roof. She said it’s been an ongoing issue since the building’s early days.

“We’ve done continual patching for over a decade, and it’s gotten to the point where no amount of patching can keep the roof from leaking,” she said, adding the water ends up on the theatre’s stage, seats, and in the wardrobe space.

Typically, flat roofs such as Persephone’s – which was built in 2007 – have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, Harmon explained.


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Note from Persephone Theatre: We would like to make it clear, Persephone will have limited access during renovations. Theatre School and other scheduled programs in other areas of the building will continue as planned this summer and the general public will have access again when the 50th season begins in September. Thank you to Malcolm and Marilyn Leggett, who have committed to donate $300,000 over three years – 2023, 2024 and 2025 – to kick off Persephone’s capital campaign, and are inviting others to join them in the pursuit of a new roof. You can also make a gift by emailing our development officer Jory McKay at [email protected]

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