Members of the Kincardine Theatre Guild (KTG) gathered with a representative from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Lisa Thompson MPP’s office on Apr. 19, to provide an update on the use of a funding award of $37,500, a Community Building Fund grant, which the theatre received last fall.
Productions have been essentially eliminated since the beginning of the pandemic shutdown in March 2020 and the funding will provide money to provide new services for theatre goers as well as upgrade sanitation in the theatre.
“The last two years have provided everyone with challenges that we haven’t had to face in living memory,” said OTF grant review team member Sylvia Sheard. “And it’s forced many non-profit organizations to re-evaluate program delivery and the steps that can be taken to safely welcome people back to in-person activities.”
KTG president Sarah Foster says part of the money is being used to purchase equipment that will allow for livestreaming of future events and “bring live theatre into long-term care homes” and into private homes during harsh Bruce County winters. It will also purchase sanitation supplies and air filters to protect theatre goers.
“We’re waiting for delivery (of the technology equipment), said Foster, “and hopefully by fall it will be up and running. This is a whole new frontier for us.”
In 2022, KTG will bring three one-act plays to the stage in May and June, and on July 9, two performances of Canajun, Eh? by Debbie Deckert, are scheduled at the Point Clark Lighthouse.
Tammy Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent