Logan City Council provides a light at the end of the tunnel for a little community theatre faced with catastrophe.
Nestled in the heart of Beenleigh, adjacent to the Beenleigh Events Centre and library, sits the Crete Street Theatre, home of the Beenleigh Theatre Group.
A passionate non-for-profit community theatre company, BTG has been serving the Beenleigh and greater Logan community for decades, with a welcoming environment, productions for all ages, and local volunteers with a love for what they do.
Like many community theatres in the area, Crete Street Theatre was hit hard by COVID-19 and the ensuing restrictions to audience capacity. After a successful first show of 2020 with ‘A Chorus Line’, the theatre was stopped short of their second show of the year; ‘Rock of Ages’, a raunchy jaunt back to the time of denim, outrageous hair, and rock music like no other, the ‘80s.
They were unable to stage this show, nor any show for the rest of the year as they worked closely with Logan City Council to ensure that the space would be safe for guests once they were able to reopen.
They developed a COVID Safe Plan, and the council came in to audit. During this time, the committee of BTG and the Logan City Council saw an opportunity.
Crete Street Theatre is lucky enough to be one of the only community theatres in SEQ with a fly tower, giving it the ability to lift set pieces for storage and transitions and fly lighting rigs.
The stage was going to be empty until restrictions were lowered, giving Logan City Council the perfect opportunity to refurbish the fly tower, stage and technical systems.
It’s been a long journey, and a difficult one, as other theatres in the area have seen their productions get back on stage in front of smaller audiences, but audiences none-the-less. However, fast forward to 2021 and Logan Council are lifting spirits as works are now underway and there is an end date in sight… and with an end date, a grand reopening.
To see the stage off before it goes into refurbishment, BTG is throwing a community fun day, ‘Watch This Space’ featuring live performances from our choir groups, Sunday April 18th at 11:00AM AEST.
As Crete Street Theatre shakes off the cobwebs and calls on its community members to come assist in our preparations, there is an overwhelming sense of gratitude to the local council members who have worked hand in hand with the committee, who have worked tirelessly to keep the theatre afloat without being able to do what we love; entertain.
So here is to the Logan City Council, supporting community arts and keeping spirits lifted at Crete Street Theatre.
Beenleigh Theatre Group
Crete Street Theatre Cnr of Kent, Crete St,
Beenleigh QLD 4207
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