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Boost for performers in grant win

Esperance Theatre Guild president Barry Wroth is ecstatic about a funding announcement for the Bijou Theatre.
Nanjing Night Net

THE entertainment scene in Esperance is about to get a whole lot better, following the latest round of fundingof the Regional Venues Improvement Fund (RVIF).

Celebrating its 120th birthday this month, the Bijou Theatre has been given a birthday gift of $40,025 from the State Government through Royalties for Regions.

The upgrades will help reduce the theatre’s energy consumption and operating costs and will enable the theatre to further attract visiting touring productions to Esperance. The total cost of upgrading to state-of-the-art equipment was $63,235. The grant of $40,025 will contribute significantly enabling the Guild to maintain a strong financial position for future needs.

Esperance Theatre Guild president Barry Wroth said he wasecstatic when told the grant application was successful.

“What a wonderful gift to the theatre at the commencement of its 120th year,” he said. “Anotherbenefit is that as the Esperance Civic Centre was also a recipient and is upgrading its lighting equipment with the same brand, we will now be able to hold training workshops where interested members of the public and high school students can learn how to operate the state of the art lighting desks.”

The new equipment will be installed early in 2017.

The good news continued for theEsperance Civic Centre, which isabout to receive much needed upgrades thanks to an allocation of the RVIF. The Shire of Esperance has been awarded $138,292 to replace and upgrade audio and lighting equipment at the Civic Centre, with current equipment no longer fit for purpose. The Esperance Civic Centre is the hub for professional performing arts presentation in the Esperance region. The Centre supports a range of ”bought in” touring productions and productions that hire the facility. The Esperance Civic Centre has used equipment that was purchased as far back as 1981, when the venue first opened.

Shire president Victoria Brown said it was wonderful to hear about the successful RVIF grant for the Esperance Civic Centre, and also for theBijou Theatre.

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