ONE GIANT STEP CLOSER!
July 3rd, saw the dream of creating a theatre space in the Midway Community Hall take a huge leap forward when George Longden of the PHOENIX FOUNDATION handed the Midway Community Association a cheque for $4000. The MCA, sponsors of Midway and Beyond Little Theatre, will use the money to purchase 8 theatre lighting fixtures. The PHOENIX FOUNDATION, whose philosophy is to provide grants to support local initiatives throughout the Boundary communities, saw the value in establishing a local theatre in the West Boundary region and generously awarded these much needed funds to the Midway Association.
“Getting a working theatre on its feet takes both effort and funding. As a group we can provide the effort but purchasing the basic essentials such as lighting and sound equipment, curtains and a portable stage, are simply beyond normal fund-raising projects,” explains director John Hibberson. “We are so fortunate that community focused groups such as the Phoenix Foundation exist. We reached out to them; they realized our need and gave us this wonderful gift. We are so grateful.” (Midway and Beyond Little Theatre continues their work on the theatre space in the community hall. A new curtain and lighting bars are now up. The new lights will soon be hung and working, and there is recent hope is purchasing a portable stage. All going well their first production, a radio show drama based on the famous 1896 Camp McKinney Gold Bar Robbery, is planned for early November, 2014. )