Support needed for local venture
WITH just over one week to go before the grand opening of the Paragon Theatre, owner Merissa Craft is madly rushing around in an attempt to make the theatre sparkle once more.
In preparation for the big event, Mrs Craft and her husband Nigel have spent endless hours painting, replacing rundown walls and floorboards, re-upholstering chairs, rewiring lights and other major structural works.
But time has caught up with the pair, who say they
Merissa Craft We really need the numbers at our events ... to keep our vision alive
still have a big job ahead of them to complete the works in time for the Childers Festival.
“In the next couple of weeks we have the big job of cleaning, finishing the final touches of the painting, re-upholstering the chairs and there are things that we’d hoped to get done that aren’t going to get done,” Mrs Craft said.
“We hoped to have sanded the floors but that’s not going to happen in time.”
While Mrs Craft has high hopes for her new business venture, the future of the once much-loved theatre remains uncertain unless the community supports the venue. Mrs Craft said they had been caught up in red tape recently which has had implications on their original plans for the theatre, but they were determined to forge ahead with the community’s support.
“We keep getting hit with road blocks and red tape that are stopping us taking it back to the community venue it originally was,” she said. “We really need the numbers at our events and the support of the community to keep our vision alive.”
Mrs Craft said she was looking forward to the grand opening to coincide with the Childers Festival.
OPENING SOON: Merissa Craft is cleaning as she prepares for the big open day of the Paragon Theatre.