Moneyprovides artistic security
THE Tropic Sun Theatre company is set to hold centre stage in North Queensland for many years to come thanks to a $40,000 funding boost.
The Townsville City Council announced last week an increase in funding for the professional company.
The grant will go towards assisting the company in its day-today operations.
Artistic director and founder, Jean-Pierre Voos, said the grant, an increase on the $15,000 annual amount the company has received for the past few years, was appreciated.
‘‘It’s an appreciable increase on what the council has given us and it just means a number of community projects are going to be more secure,’’ Mr Voos said.
‘‘It gives us security for employing more workers and keeping them employed and producing more work.
‘‘If you can employ the actors for longer, you can put on more shows and as a result increase the audience base.’’
Mr Voos said the grant would help Tropic Sun build its audience base before it relocated to the $8 million ‘arts hub’ scheduled to open in 2008.
‘‘Leading up to that it is important that we develop our audience and gain a higher profile,’’ Mr Voos said.
‘‘So our request for the increase in funds is very gratefully accepted because it will give us measures to build audiences and produce more projects next year.’’
Acting Deputy Mayor Cr Jack Wilson said Tropic Sun Theatre was an integral part of the city’s cultural vibrancy.
‘‘Tropic Sun is one of the few regional professional theatre productions in Australia and it employs and trains local theatre workers,’’ Cr Wilson said.
‘‘It not only showcases our homegrown talent but ensures their creativity and commitment to performing arts remains in our city and the region.’’
FUNDING BOOST . . . Tropic Sun general manager Lorna Hempstead and artistic director Jean-Pierre Voos