After coming down on hundreds of shows, the curtains at the Gaslight theatre are set for replacement.
“The existing curtains are over 25 years old,” says Society President Colin Morley, “and are well past their ‘use-by date’. They are patched, worn and unlikely to meet current fire retarding and safety regulations”.
The Society applied to Pub Charity for funds, as at $11,500 the new curtains are a significant capital expense. The hope is for the new curtains – measuring 10m x 3.6m – to be installed by the end of the year. The society has chosen a Hamilton supplier, Adena Theatre Supplies and Services, and hopes this will speed up delivery.
Colin paid tribute to Pub Charity, which contributed $9,000 towards the cost of the new curtains – expected to last another 20 years.
The colour of the new curtains is a tightly-guarded secret, to be revealed when the curtains debut at their first show, probably early next year.
The society operates out of the Gaslight Theatre, a heritage building in Alpha Street. They produce four shows a year – more details can be found at www.cambridgerepertory.org.nz.