Chance to play a role in theatre upgrade

ENTER STAGE LEFT: Lawson Field Theatre is scheduled to open ahead of schedule at the end of August. It has been closed since June last year for earthquake strengthening and a bit of a facelift. Having a look at progress last week were a group of trustees from the War Memorial Theatre Trust. Back are Shona Egan, Tony Field and Gavin Maclean. Front are Anne Muir, Cherie Mirko and Rehette Stoltz. Absent are trustee Bronwen Holdsworth and trust chairwoman Pat Seymour. Picture by Paul Rickard

TIME is ticking by for anyone wanting to be part of a theatre legacy in Gisborne.

A $200 sponsored seat featuring an engraved plaque can be bought at the revamped, 235-seat Lawson Field Theatre.

Deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz said 157 seats had already been snapped up, with only 78 remaining.

A tour of the theatre last week impressed a group from the War Memorial Theatre Trust, which has worked hard to secure funding for the upgrade and earthquake strengthening of Lawson Field Theatre.

Mrs Stoltz said the project was ahead of schedule, with the theatre expected to re-open in mid-August.

The transfer of funds from the theatre trust to Gisborne District Council started on Thursday of last week so finishing touches could be completed.

Construction on the building has included a new roof and facade, as well as structural earthquake strengthening.

The cost of the project was $3.57 million.

Mrs Stoltz said she wanted to thank the public for their continued support, in particular sponsors who had helped fund the project.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a seat or make a donation can do so through the Lawson Field Theatre Project link on the GDC website (www.gdc.govt.nz), or by contacting one of the trustees.

TIME is ticking by for anyone wanting to be part of a theatre legacy in Gisborne.

A $200 sponsored seat featuring an engraved plaque can be bought at the revamped, 235-seat Lawson Field Theatre.

Deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz said 157 seats had already been snapped up, with only 78 remaining.

A tour of the theatre last week impressed a group from the War Memorial Theatre Trust, which has worked hard to secure funding for the upgrade and earthquake strengthening of Lawson Field Theatre.

Mrs Stoltz said the project was ahead of schedule, with the theatre expected to re-open in mid-August.

The transfer of funds from the theatre trust to Gisborne District Council started on Thursday of last week so finishing touches could be completed.

Construction on the building has included a new roof and facade, as well as structural earthquake strengthening.

The cost of the project was $3.57 million.

Mrs Stoltz said she wanted to thank the public for their continued support, in particular sponsors who had helped fund the project.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a seat or make a donation can do so through the Lawson Field Theatre Project link on the GDC website (www.gdc.govt.nz), or by contacting one of the trustees.

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