It’s cur­tains for big pro­duc­tions

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

A slim chance re­mains to find the $1m needed to up­grade plans for the new Mata­mata Civic Cen­tre al­low­ing pro­mot­ers to bring largescale mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions to town.

It all hinges on a grant ap­pli­ca­tion to Cre­ative New Zealand, ask­ing for the ex­tra cash so the new hall can in­clude a stage and wing fa­cil­ity.

Those were essen­tials needed to host shows, con­certs and pro­duc­tions, but not in­cluded in the lat­est plans ap­proved by the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Kevin Tap­pin, who has a back­ground in mu­sic stage pro­duc­tions, is head­ing the charge to raise ad­di­tional funds to have the changes made.

An­other ap­pli­ca­tion to Trust Waikato was aban­doned be­cause there was not enough time to write a full ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the trust’s July dead­line.

A se­ries of meet­ings be­tween Tap­pin, MPDC and Cre­ative New Zealand of­fered a glim­mer of hope.

‘‘We’ve asked for around $900,000 to $1m to cre­ate the type of fa­cil­i­ties we’re ask­ing for. It cost around $100,000 just for the stage cur­tains and all the gear to op­er­ate it. Plus there’s the con­trol booth, light­ing, ca­bling and stage.’’

Tap­pin said when the cur­rent civic cen­tre and hall are de­mol­ished, there would be nowhere for large-scale pro­duc­tions for about two years, while new build­ings were built.

He said if the Cre­ative New Zealand grant fell over, it could spell the end of large-scale pro­duc­tions in the town.

There were two other theatre groups in town but their venues only of­fered seat­ing for be­tween 80 to 120 peo­ple.

Tap­pin said he was look­ing at bring­ing a $40,000 pro­duc­tion to Mata­mata which may be canned.

‘‘We’re look­ing at run­ning it in Tau­ranga but it’s pretty stink that you can’t put on a show like that in your home town.

Tap­pin said the coun­cil staff and mayor had been help­ful in as­sist­ing him with av­enues to ob­tain the $1m fund­ing from fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

How­ever he felt there was re­sis­tance from some coun­cil­lors, when fund­ing for the cen­tre went from $8m to $6m and fea­tures such as a stage were cut from the hall plans. It had mo­ti­vated his de­ci­sion to stand as a can­di­date at the com­ing coun­cil elec­tions.

‘‘I think when the coun­cil made their orig­i­nal de­ci­sion on the new [cen­tre and hall] plans, there was no one there with a pas­sion to ex­plain what it could all mean. be­lieve I could be that per­son.’’

Civic cen­tre pric­ing step for coun­cil, page 5. next

Kevin Tap­pin is head­ing the charge to raise ad­di­tional funds so the new civic cen­tre can in­clude a stage and wing fa­cil­ity.

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