Dramatic changes at theatre

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014
aaron segar, kevin foley
RAYMOND BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ
THEATRE REVAMP: South Canterbury Drama League board member Aaron Segar and president Kevin Foley at The Playhouse in Timaru after announcing a major upgrade for the theatre.

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When the curtain rises on the South Canterbury Drama League's next production at The Playhouse, it will reveal a whole new look.

The league plans to upgrade its Church St premises, which currently includes a 100-seat auditorium, a full size rehearsal room and a set-building facility.

The upgrade would be carried out in two stages and was expected to cost $750,000, league president Kevin Foley said.

The last upgrade was the new rehearsal rooms, built in 2003.

The revamp would include improvements to the stage, with full-height wings added, and changes to the seating angle.

In the second stage, the existing brick house containing wardrobe and costume hire would be replaced with a larger costume hire showroom and workspace.

Mr Foley said the changes would make the theatre more comfortable and provide better access for both the actors and the around 4000 people who watched shows at The Playhouse each year.

The work was scheduled to start mid-year and the auditorium would be out of action for around three-and-a-half months.

Mr Foley said the drama league had been building up funds for the last 10 years.

It would hold various fundraising initiatives throughout the year to go toward the project, the first being the one-off performance of Showstoppers at the Theatre Royal in July.

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- The Timaru Herald

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