Theatre’s not just for the big stages

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

THE arts are just as im­por­tant to a small town as in any big­ger town, fed­eral arts Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field was told when he dropped in on the Clink last week.

“I told the Min­is­ter that I met a woman in her early 20s who had come to see An­nie last year, and she told me it was the first time she had ever been to a live theatre show,” DTAG’s pres­i­dent Mr Kerr said af­ter the meet­ing, which had been set up by fed­eral MP for Le­ich­hardt, War­ren Entsch.

“It was im­por­tant that the min­is­ter, whose de­part­ment pro­vides much of the money for arts grants, see our beau­ti­ful old girl and see what we do here and why we do it,” Mr Kerr said.

The sig­nif­i­cance to chil­dren in re­gional and re­mote places hav­ing ac­cess to the theatre was dis­cussed and how see­ing live pro­duc­tions gives chil­dren mean­ing to their singing, mu­sic and dance lessons.

“I also ex­plained to the Min­is­ter that we at The Clink only ap­ply for grants when we re­ally need them,” he said, “like when we try to book a big name to come up, we need to not only pay their ap­pear­ance fee but also their air­fares and ac­com­mo­da­tion so this is only pos­si­ble with the help of grants.”

Cur­rent grant ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude funds for a so­lar power sys­tem for The Clink Theatre through the Of­fice of Liquor and Gam­ing.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Edi­tor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane.ni­chols@news.com.au

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