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Lawson Field Theatre update

4 Dec 2018

Lawson Field Theatre update

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Design concepts have been finalised for the façade of the new Lawson Field Theatre, featuring a contemporary reference to the neighbouring Rose Garden.

Red screens will surround the front entrance way, alongside a modern take of the traditional theatre masks.

Now five months into construction, the roof has just been completed and the project is on track for timing and budget.

Council committed to fund $1.1 million of the upgrade and is working with the War Memorial Theatre Trust to raise the rest from external grants and fundraising.

Trust chair Pat Seymour said they were delighted with the fundraising support to date.

“We have secured the $1.2 million that we signed an agreement with Council to raise. We are now very close to the target of $1.5 million we set ourselves to see the project completed, opened and fitted out with the necessary inclusions for an operative complex that is more than a theatre.”

The ‘sponsor a seat’ fundraising campaign had proved successful with just 55 seats remaining.

The Trust recently secured $180,000 donation from the Eastern and Central Community Trust.

“The WMT trustees gratefully acknowledge their generosity towards this project, and the many other local and national donors who have made it possible to bring the fundraising to the target we set,” Ms Seymour said.

“Like all of our community, we look forward to the theatre being available for many and varied events and public and private bookings later next year.”

The total cost of the project is $3.6 million and includes major upgrades and earthquake strengthening.

The construction is scheduled for completion by the end of July 2019, with the theatre fit out and landscaping to take place in the following months in time for reopening in October 2019.

Here is a link to sponsor a seat or make a cash donation(external link)

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