Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fergus Grand Theatre User Groups Receive Grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation

The lights might shine a little brighter from now on at the Fergus Grand Theatre, thanks to a $41, 500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The funding will be used over the next two years to address health and safety issues at the theatre through the delivery of workshops and volunteer training programs, as well as the replacement of aging stage draperies and hardware. Funds will also be awarded for marketing to support the development of a vibrant theatre community in Centre Wellington.

This grant will be administered by a newly-formed collaborative, the User Groups of the Fergus Grand Theatre. The group, comprised of many of the Grand Theatre’s largest users, has come together in a spirit of cooperation, and seeks to improve not only the quality of the theatre itself but also the quality of the individual shows each group puts on stage.

At this time, the members of the collaborative are the Elora Community Theatre, Wellington-Waterloo Playhouse, the Not So Grand Players, the Fergus Grand Theatre Volunteer Committee, Vision Theatre Productions, On the Spot Productions, Grinder Productions, Centre Wellington Children’s Drama and Climbing Vine Productions. Other local theatre groups have also expressed an interest in joining the collaborative to assist in their efforts to effectively deliver this grant.

The grant’s benefits will not be limited to Centre Wellington. Theatre groups throughout Wellington, Waterloo and Dufferin counties will be encouraged and invited to send representatives to join the members of local groups in the workshops and training programs that will be offered in the months ahead.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors.

For interviews, photo opportunities or more information please contact:
Alan Argue at 519-787-1981 or AArgue@centrewellington.ca, or
Eric Goudie at 519-780-7593 or grinder@grinderproductions.org

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