Theatre’s a labour of love

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Liz Carson Edi­tor liz.carson@news-mail.com.au

THERE’S no doubt that Merissa and Nigel Craft have taken on a mas­sive project in restor­ing Childers’ Paragon Theatre.

Not only have they in­vested their life sav­ings in the theatre, but they have spent count­less hours do­ing the re­fur­bish­ment them­selves.

And while it’s un­der­stand­able that Merissa didn’t want to see it leave the Ric­cia­rdi fam­ily af­ter more than 40 years, it has been a labour of love and fi­nally, the Crafts must be see­ing some light at the end of a very long tun­nel.

How won­der­ful, though, that the theatre is be­ing brought back to its for­mer glory.

I can just imag­ine that when it re­opens next month,

❝ Par­ents will take their chil­dren along and share their mem­o­ries of the theatre.

par­ents will take their chil­dren along and share their mem­o­ries of the theatre.

I re­mem­ber go­ing to the movies as a child, and if some­one dropped a Jaffa you could hear it roll all the way to the front of the theatre on the wooden floor­boards.

I hope the com­mu­nity gets be­hind the Crafts and helps make the theatre a real so­cial hub again.

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