Old Gazette Theatre turns 50

GOLDEN anniversary celebrations start this weekend in Dorrigo for the Old Gazette Theatre.

Starting the season is the popular comedy, Caravan, by Donald Macdonald, which earlier this month amused audiences at the Jetty Memorial Theatre in Coffs Harbour and is now touring other centres on the North Coast.

The play is being produced by new touring company Dq Performance Studio.

The play's director and the principal of the company, David Quinn, said it was a great achievement in theatre to achieve such a milestone of 50 years of providing entertainment.

"It is wonderful for us, this being our first tour, to be able to take part in their celebrations," he said.

Tickets for the Dorrigo performances, an evening performance at 8pm on Saturday 29, and a matinee performance at 2pm on Sunday, are available from the Dorrigo Video Store, 6657 2988.

Mr Quinn said he had started the touring company to raise funds for a youth theatre and performance studio.

"Through touring shows such as Caravan, Dq Performance Studio will provide a resource which will provide employment for entertainers and contribute to the development of a renewed circuit on the Mid-North Coast," he said.

Currently the company is focusing on raising funds to convert an old potato-packing shed in Coffs Harbour's Elbow Street into a performance studio.

This will be used to run acting workshops for children as well as staging youth theatre productions, workshop productions for adults and touring shows.

Auditions and enrolments for Juniors (7-10 yrs) and Intermediate (11-14 yrs) will be held at Tyalla Primary School on February 2 at 4pm, and for Seniors (15-18 yrs) February 4.

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