The intimacy of the venue is one of the main draws of Port’s Theatre by the Lake. However, it is often filled to capacity, and it was time to give a little more room for the creative ideas which are in abundant supply there. “We need to help ‘Expand the Experience’, building it bigger and better,” said Art Director Simon Joynes.
The project will expand and level the stage, add 50 seats to the auditorium, renovate the back-stage area, expand the basement workshop, and create a new multipurpose room overlooking Port Stanley harbour for youth theatre, lectures and patron events. It is expected to take between two and three years to complete, and will also benefit the local library located in the building.
Generous donors include Ontario Trillium Foundation, Dorothy Fay Palmer Estate, Green Lane Community Trust Foundation, and the Walter J Blackburn Foundation. On hand to thank the donors was Bob Halle, President of the Port Stanley Festival Theatre and Simon Joynes Artistic Director PSFT. In attendance representing the Dorothy Fay Palmer Estate was Andrew Gunn and Grant Jones & David Marr from Green Lane Community Trust Foundation.
Back in 59 is followed by four more not-to-be missed productions. To find out more, visit www.portstanleytheatre.ca.