$108,000 for Theatre Royal upgrade

Published on 09 July 2018

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State-of-the-art sound and lighting will allow the Theatre Royal in Camperdown to present higher quality events and attract more professional productions to Corangamite Shire.

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan yesterday announced the Federal Government would provide $108,000 from the Building Better Regions Fund.

Mayor Jo Beard thanked the Government for supporting Council’s ability to provide quality entertainment and cultural events for Shire residents.

“The Camperdown Theatre Redevelopment will bring the iconic venue into the 21st century,” Cr Beard said.

“This funding will go towards a new PA system and sound desk, and sound absorption treatments for better acoustics.”

Other improvements included in the project will include a new digital projection system, 40 new tables and 250-300 comfortable new seats.

“Having an up to date facility can bring economic and social benefits to both Camperdown and the whole of Corangamite Shire,” Cr Beard said,

“A better class of theatre will also make Camperdown more attractive to touring shows so our residents will be able to enjoy entertainment and cultural events that might otherwise have bypassed us.

Cr Beard said the revitalised Theatre Royal would be an ideal venue for comedy, opera, theatre, circus and film festivals that could have flow-on effects in inspiring creativity at a local level.

“The arts are a significant industry in Victoria and exposing young people to the possibilities of working onstage or behind the scenes can open up possible career opportunities,” she said.

Council, Camperdown Theatre Company, Mercy Regional College, and St Patrick’s Primary School are all contributing to the costs of the project.

Caption: Back (from left): Camperdown Theatre Company member Freya Egberts, Mercy Regional College principal Darren Egberts, Corangamite Shire Council Mayor Jo Beard, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Cr Ruth Gstrein and Director Works and Services Brooke Love. Middle: Deputy Mayor Neil Trotter, Cr Lesley Brown, Camperdown Theatre Company President Sue Place and Cr Helen Durant. Front: Theatre users D’Arcy and Stella Egberts.