Weld Theatre supports BPACC

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The Weld Theatre are supportive of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre with several design elements supporting its development
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Busselton drama clubs are supportive of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre’s design with several elements complimenting the Weld Theatre.

The City of Busselton is working with the Busselton Repertory Club and Acting Up to achieve a “seamless integration” of the Weld Theatre with the proposed Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre.

The Weld Theatre recently benefited from a $22,000 grant from the City of Busselton.

The funding has enabled the theatre to upgrade it electrical cabling to facilitate the installation of a new digital stage audio system.

The Busselton Repertory Club also contributed $10,000 to complete the audio upgrade.

Representatives from the theatre groups along with other key users, have provided input into the development of design solutions.

Key elements local theatre groups feedback include; reconfiguration and upgrade of the back-of-house spaces including the green room, an outdoor courtyard for performers, disabled stage access and the inclusion of a scene dock leveller.

This piece of equipment will enable stage props and other equipment to be rolled directly from the delivery truck to the stage via a lifting platform.

Busselton Repertory Club President John McCallum said the design allowed the Weld Theatre to be functionally integrated into the larger performing arts complex.

“We’ve worked very closely with the project team to ensure elements of the original theatre that work well and are integral to the Weld experience, are retained,” he said.

“The updated back-of-house at the Theatre will deliver a better experience for both performers and volunteers in a first-class venue of this size.

“The new digital sound system will enhance the audience experience. It can also integrate with hearing aids significantly benefiting the hearing impaired.”

Demolition of the proposed site of the Busselton Performing Arts and Convention Centre, next to the Weld Theatre, is due to begin on September 11.

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