Burdekin Theatre to celebrate 30th birthday

Planning has begun for events to mark the 30th birthday of the Burdekin Theatre this year.

Burdekin Cultural Complex Board chairman Lyn McLaughlin said board members last week endorsed preparations for the celebrations to begin.

 “It won’t be as big a celebration as the 25th anniversary, but there will be some great functions held to commemorate the Theatre’s 30th birthday,” she said.

“The Theatre has had a number of upgrades in the past five years, including new carpets, new seats, air-conditioning and a new lift has been installed.

 “And of course the forecourt was revamped in time for the Theatre’s 25th anniversary in 2007.

“The Theatre is the Burdekin’s cultural hub and this milestone should be celebrated.”

 Theatre Director Les Alberts said celebrations would kick off with a family show on July 13-14 called I, Bunyip.

I, Bunyip was developed in consultation with five different Aboriginal communities and portrays the mystical world of creatures from indigenous folklore,” he said.

“The Friends of the Theatre will also host a 30th Anniversary gathering on Friday, November 23, in the Starlight Foyer. This ceremony is primarily to show our appreciation for all local people who have worked, or are still working professionally in the theatre industry and who had their start at the Burdekin Theatre.

“Then the Burdekin Cultural Complex Board will present Forever Diamond, a tribute show about the 40 years of music created by Neil Diamond, on Saturday, November 24.

“These are just a few of the events we will be holding to celebrate this milestone.”

 The Burdekin Theatre was constructed at a cost $2.2 million and opened on November 25, 1982.


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