Kar­nak cur­tain falls due to Yasi dam­age

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE cur­tains of the Kar­nak Play­house have closed for the 2011 sea­son due to storm dam­age caused by Cy­clone Yasi.

Kar­nak founder Diane Ci­lento was forced to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion this week.

“In the wage of Cy­clone Yasi, we find our­selves with­out cover over the au­di­to­rium, fallen fences, still no elec­tric­ity in any parts of the prop­erty due to a light­ning strike on the main cable, many fallen trees and im­pass­able roads,” she said.

Kar­nak Play­house has set a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence for live theatre in the Far North for 19 years, host­ing per­for­mances by David Helf­gott, Jane Rut­ter, Lorna Luft and the Aus­tralian Youth Orches­tra.

For four years the Kar­nak Play­house also em­ployed a whole gen­er­a­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren from the Gorge Com­mu­nity for the Laser Show Cre­ation and mounted two of Antony Shaf­fer’s plays.

“It has been a huge chal­lenge to keep the theatre open for some years now, and with the events which have oc­curred in Queens­land and in­deed glob­ally this year, we have had to make the lo­gis­tic de­ci­sion to sus­pend op­er­a­tions un­til we can rise like a Phoenix from the ashes,” Ms Ci­lento said.

“Of course, we will be fo­cus­ing all our en­er­gies on re-open­ing for the 2012 sea­son which will be a cel­e­bra­tion of Kar­nak’s 20th an­niver­sary.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all our sup­port­ers and pa­trons and hope we shall be able to en­ter­tain you again.

“Thanks must also go to Ja­son O’Brien, mem­ber for Cook, who of­fered his as­sis­tance when he saw pic­tures of the dev­as­ta­tion.”

Kar­nak plans to re­open early next year.

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