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The Wheatland Theatre Society (W.T.S.) was incorporated in July 1978 under the auspices of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association. The Society was registered with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (P.A.C.T.) under the terms of the Non-Profit Organizations Act. Its mission was to develop and produce contemporary plays, especially those by Saskatchewan playwrights and to make these plays accessible to the public. The Society sought to promote and employ Saskatchewan Professional Theatrical talent.
The W.T.S. opened with a Christmas play in December 1978- "Mario et Mariette" ( The Gift of the Magi). They produced eleven plays in the following eleven months. They performed mainly for a lunchtime audience in their first location in the Northern Crown Building. Following a reorganization they performed Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in the old Labour Temple in December 1981. Following another hiatus, W.T.S. returned to lunchtime theatre in the Northern Crown Building in July 1982 with 'Regina, Regina'. The company then began performances at the old Capital Theatre. W.T.S. toured the province in 1985 with the Centennial production of 'Gabriel Dumont'. The very successful 'Farmin Cabaret' followed in 1986. This was their first tourism-convention show. In 1986, it secured its foundation with the beginning of 'The Wheaties', a second stage troupe presenting clowns, theatre classes, puppets, and school programs throughout Regina and area.
Though it performed to sold out houses in rural areas, it failed to attract a dedicated home audience. During its years of operation, its financial base was very tenuous. It failed for many years to receive accreditation from the Saskatchewan Arts Board which was a major funding source. This lack of accreditation affected its ability to attract corporate and institutional funding. In 1983 a meeting was held to discuss dissolution owing to a growing debt. The Society continued until 1989 when an ambitious fund raising project to restore and raffle a 1959 pink thunderbird car met with disaster. In a press release on September 26, 1989, the general manager of W.T.S. announced the suspension of Society operations effective October 1, 1989. In March 1990, the equipment was purchased by the T.C. Douglas Calvary Centre, a theatre for the performing Arts in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.