The staff of the Brentwood Theatre has sent out a press release to inform us that the backstage facilities are about to be completed, with the builders moving back on site on 23 February, and this final phase of the fit out is due for completion at the end of May.
This means that the fundraiser for the Brentwood Theatre “Reaching Out, Building on” has come to an end.
Mark Reed, the administrator of the theatre, tells us that they will carry on fundraising as the theatre needs a few thousand pounds a year to keep going, and he has plans to extend the front of house/bar area.
A date for the bricks has not been set yet, but Mark assures me that he will let everyone know as soon as it happens.
Jean Armitage, Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator, adds: “Bricks have been ordered, but being held until April or May, since there is no place to store them safely. For anyone who ordered a brick late in December or during the extended period of January, Steve will be signing the next batch of certificates in April or May as well…”.
From the press release and related email
We delighted to announce that ALL of our backstage facilities are about to be completed, with the builders moving back on site on 23 February, and this final phase of the fit out is due for completion at the end of May.
We cannot believe that this project is coming to an end. The fundraising was only launched in September 2005, and less than four years later, we have raised around £400,000 which will have been efficiently spent providing outstanding facilities for the local community.
We reopened on 1 November, as planned, to a complete sell-out with the kids from BOSSY performing FAME, which was supported by the Theatre’s Patron, Stephen Moyer, currently in America from where he sent this message :-
‘I am currently in LA filming the second series of TRUE BLOOD for HBO. True Blood was nominated for two Golden Globes, one for best dramatic TV series and one for best Actress, which Anna Paquin won for her role as Sookie Stackhouse. And, the American Cinema Editors (ACE) just presented TRUE BLOOD’S Michael Ruscio and Andy Keir with the 2009 Eddie Award for ‘Best Edited One-Hour Series For Non-Com Television.’ We cannot wait until the show launches in April in the UK when I hope to dash back to see how this final phase is progressing.’
We are honored beyond words that fans of TRUE BLOOD from America and all over the world – including author CHARLAINE HARRIS — have contributed nearly FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS in the past three months, which has also ensured that we had enough money to go ahead with this final phase!!
Productions will continue without interruption during the final fitting out, with the builders working around rehearsals and performances to bring into use a new theatre office, washroom facilities, a galley kitchen, and a multi-use space which will be able to be used as a dance studio (with full mirrors), rehearsal area, overflow dressing room, or even a forty-seat studio theatre.