There’s nothing like a slap of paint and a makeover to make anything old feel new again and that’s exactly how the Lismore Theatre Company (LTC) feel about the Rochdale Theatre in Goonellabah.
The LTC is thrilled to start 2020 in its freshly painted and refurbished home and president Sharon Brodie the company are very happy that their beautiful theatre has had this make-over. ‘We love this place. It creates wonderful theatre and connects our community. It’s also perfect timing as we approach our 50th anniversary later in the year.’
The LTC used money from several sources to complete the work with a grant of $29,123 from the State Government’s Create NSW, $7000 from Lismore City Council and $6000 of the company’s own funds, a total of $46,8883, as well as in-kind contributions. Project management and preparatory work by committee members added value to the work undertaken.
The grants funded the installation of air conditioning in the auditorium and the supper room, repairs to the vintage red brocade raked seating and painting of the building. To complete the works, new signage and a new roof will be added in the coming months.
Ms Brodie says 2019 was hugely successful for the LTC. ‘We had sell-out shows for Breast Wishes, our Winter Cabaret, Steel Magnolias, Witches Abroad and The Vagina Monologues. We expect 2020 to be another great year especially as we celebrate our half century.’
The first show for 2020 will be Educating Rita which opens on March 20. ‘Rehearsals for that show and the pantomime Puss in Thongs to be staged in the Easter school holidays, are now so much more comfortable with air conditioning.’
Rochdale Theatre is also available for hire at very reasonable rates. For more information, contact the committee through the website www.lismoretheatrecompany.org.au.