Play­ers see the light

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Stir­ling Play­ers has new stage lights thanks to a $3000 grant from the Iconic Scar­bor­ough Com­mu­nity Chest ini­tia­tive. Life mem­bers Car­ryn McLean (left) and Ca­role Wil­son (right) are among vol­un­teers who have ded­i­cated many hours to set build­ing, cos­tume mak­ing and gen­eral main­te­nance at the 50-year-old the­atre group based at the In­naloo Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

FOR al­most 50 years, the Stir­ling Play­ers have been bring­ing the magic of com­mu­nity the­atre to au­di­ences.

Found­ing mem­ber Car­ryn McLean said the group orig­i­nally formed in July 1970 when two lo­cal the­atre groups amal­ga­mated.

“I love this group and I love the the­atre, that is what has kept me com­ing back. I’ve worked in other the­atres but there is very much a com­mu­nity feel­ing here,” she said.

“Com­mu­nity the­atre gives peo­ple so much con­fi­dence; it is amaz­ing the num­ber of young peo­ple we have here who haven’t been on stage be­fore. They do their first show and then they are hooked.

“It is the magic when the cur­tain fi­nally opens on the open­ing night.”

Run en­tirely by vol­un­teers, the group has ded­i­cated many hours to set build­ing, cos­tume mak­ing and gen­eral main­te­nance at its In­naloo Com­mu­nity Cen­tre premises.

How­ever, the group needed a new set of stage lights and re­cently re­ceived a $3000 grant from the Iconic Scar­bor­ough Com­mu­nity Chest ini­tia­tive.

Stir­ling Play­ers trea­surer Ca­role Wil­son said many of the lights were so old that globes and fit­tings for them were no longer avail­able.

Ms McLean said the group was look­ing to the fu­ture with the es­tab­lish­ment of a youth the­atre group.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473563

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