Bait De­pot in Grand Bank trans­formed into theatre

Artist di­rec­tor says he is work­ing with what he has

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - GRAND BANK, N.L [email protected]­erngazette.ca

The Bait De­pot in Grand Bank has been trans­formed into the tem­po­rary home of the Grand Bank Re­gional Theatre.

In past years, the group has held per­for­mances in their own theatre lo­cated on Wa­ter Street, but due to con­cerns by Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices New­found­land and Labrador about the con­di­tion of the Sa­muel J Har­ris build­ing, which houses the theatre space, the group had to move.

The is­sue is with an un­used side of the build­ing that at one time was a fish plant.

In a pre­vi­ous story by The South­ern Gazette, Jack Bur­fitt, vice chair of Light­house Pro­duc­tion Inc.’s board of di­rec­tors, said the old sec­tion of the build­ing has been the main source of concern in the past and con­tin­ues to be the prob­lem.

He was quoted as say­ing it was only get­ting worse and there were wor­ries that if Grand Bank were to get a re­ally strong storm of wind, and that side started to crum­ble, it would pull the rest of the build­ing down with it.

The group will be per­form­ing the en­tirety of the 2018 sea­son out of the Bait De­pot.

To pre­pare the Bait De­pot for open­ing night on July 7, an ex­ten­sion was added to the ex­ist­ing stage. As well, the stage has been di­vided by cur­tains to al­low for a back­stage area, and dressing rooms for the per­form­ers.

A sec­tion out of view of the au­di­ence has also been al­lot­ted for the sound and light­ing crew.

Levi Cur­tis, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the theatre, said they are work­ing with what they have.

A sec­tion of the venue will also be used as a bar.

The open­ing night gala is on July 7. The reg­u­lar sea­son will open on July 10 and run un­til Aug. 25.

For in­for­ma­tion, show times or how to be­come a spon­sor call (709) 873-ACT2 (2282) or visit www.grand­bank­the­atre.ca.

COLIN FARRELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Levi Cur­tis, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Grand Bank Re­gional Theatre, in­vited The South­ern Gazette along to see the trans­for­ma­tion in­side the Bait De­pot.

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