Grant helps theatre group

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The Mid Canterbury Children's Theatre production of Disney's The Little Mermaid Jnr was recently on stage at the event centre.

The benefit of the Ashburton Trust Event Centre’s (ATEC) business partnership was recognised recently when a grant of $1000 was given to the Mid Canterbury Children’s Theatre in support of its recent production Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr.

The accumulated funds come from financial support offered by Heartland Bank, EA Networks and Gary McCormick Transport, which have donated to ATEC’s Raise the Bar grant fund for the last six years.

“I can’t thank our business partners enough for their tremendous support,” ATEC general manager Roger Farr said.

The fund’s aim was to assist local, not for profit, performance organisations to have access to the very best technical support ATEC could offer, which in turn lifted the standard of the production to a higher level.

“This support is even more important now in these difficult times where audience numbers have to be reduced, which means less revenue to support the production.

“It can be the difference between the production proceeding or being cancelled.” Mr Farr said.

Mid Canterbury Children’s Theatre committee spokesperson Nicola Walker said the grant given had lessened the financial burden and had enabled 52 children and a production team of 84 parents to enjoy being a part of a stunning production.

Any businesses wanting to support the local performing arts scene can contact Mr Farr about the ATEC business partnership.