Trust focuses on $1.2m fundraiser

AFTER a quiet year since the completion of the War Memorial Theatre rebuild, trustees have turned their attention to the Lawson Field Theatre.

The War Memorial Trust has agreed to commit to raising $1.2 million for renovation and upgrade of the smaller theatre and Rose Room.

The theatre was closed last year for refurbishment and earthquake strengthening.

Gisborne District Council has $1.1 million in its annual plan. War Memorial Theatre Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour said the cost for work on the Lawson Field Theatre will need to be sourced from fundraising and the philanthropic sector.

The trust also hopes for a commitment from ECT.

The council will have an update on the final design of the project by the end of the year and construction is planned for next year.

When trustees next meet they will detail the fundraising plan and how the community might get involved.

Mrs Seymour said Lawson Field Theatre is a valuable resource for Gisborne theatre groups and promoters when the size and hire of the War Memorial Theatre is beyond the scope of a particular production.

The theatre and Rose Room are also well used for meetings, exhibitions, private functions and mini conferences.

New to the trust

Two new people have joined the trust.

“We are pleased to have Tony Field, a nephew of the original donor of the Lawson Field Theatre, and Cherie Mirko,” Mrs Seymour said.

“Both have a strong interest in theatre and the arts in this city, and will add value to the trust.”

AFTER a quiet year since the completion of the War Memorial Theatre rebuild, trustees have turned their attention to the Lawson Field Theatre.

The War Memorial Trust has agreed to commit to raising $1.2 million for renovation and upgrade of the smaller theatre and Rose Room.

The theatre was closed last year for refurbishment and earthquake strengthening.

Gisborne District Council has $1.1 million in its annual plan. War Memorial Theatre Trust chairwoman Pat Seymour said the cost for work on the Lawson Field Theatre will need to be sourced from fundraising and the philanthropic sector.

The trust also hopes for a commitment from ECT.

The council will have an update on the final design of the project by the end of the year and construction is planned for next year.

When trustees next meet they will detail the fundraising plan and how the community might get involved.

Mrs Seymour said Lawson Field Theatre is a valuable resource for Gisborne theatre groups and promoters when the size and hire of the War Memorial Theatre is beyond the scope of a particular production.

The theatre and Rose Room are also well used for meetings, exhibitions, private functions and mini conferences.

New to the trust

Two new people have joined the trust.

“We are pleased to have Tony Field, a nephew of the original donor of the Lawson Field Theatre, and Cherie Mirko,” Mrs Seymour said.

“Both have a strong interest in theatre and the arts in this city, and will add value to the trust.”

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