Sup­port needed for lo­cal ven­ture

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

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.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN110714PAR2

OPEN­ING SOON: Merissa Craft is clean­ing as she pre­pares for the big open day of the Paragon Theatre.

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