Former Orillia Opera House manager to take over Gravenhurst Opera House
GRAVENHURST — The revolving door at the GravenhurstTown Hall has swung open again.
This time it’s another new “manager of arts and culture.”
Krista Storey, the former manager of the Orillia Opera House, replaces Barbara Anderson-Huget, who has been on the job less than a year, begging the question can anybody work with the Town of Gravenhurst?
Huget was hired last June on an interim basis.
Storey starts May 5. and will report to Marta Proctor, the new director of recreation, arts and culture services, who was announced March 18 and starts her new job Monday, April 28. She’s the parks and rec and culture director in Collingwood.
The latest move comes a day after a town meeting at the Opera House involving stakeholders to set out plans for the downtown landmark, which has summer of plays booked.
Mayor Paisley Donaldson and CAO Dave Weldon announced the change Wednesday that after completing an executive search, the town hired Storey.
Donaldson said: “She will contribute leadership, strategy, direction and enthusiasm to the Opera House and will work closely with community stakeholders to develop partnerships to meet the arts and cultural needs of the community to maximize the usage of the Gravenhurst Opera House.”
Last year council approved a corporate reorganization that separated the recreation, arts and culture related services from the Infrastructure and Community Services Department to create a new Recreation, Arts and Culture Department.
The news release says Storey, an Orillia resident, has more than 12 years of relevant experience and most recently served as its Opera House GM.
During her time with Orillia, “she was instrumental in the creation and continuation of the Cultural Roundtable and the many cultural forums that engaged the public in results-oriented conversation.”
Storey said: “I am so pleased and excited to see the investment the Town of Gravenhurst is placing in recreation, arts and culture as it directly feeds into the lifestyle of residents and visitors alike, creating the necessary economic stabilizer and a healthy community.”
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