A THEATRE group desperate for storage space has been advised to look at “funding options” given the shortage of suitable venues on the Mornington Peninsula.
Panorama Theatre Company, which recently lost the use of a storage area in Hastings, has presented a 1221-signature petition to the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council calling for support to find a new storage venue.
The shire’s manager property and commercial services Nathan Kearsley said the shire had no building available to for the theatre company.
He said the budget community submission process and grant application process could be a way to obtain money to help with storage needs.
The company fears it won’t be able to continue providing young people with theatre experiences if a venue cannot be found to house the props, settings and costumes they use for their productions.
The theatre company is a not-for-profit organisation that started around 40 years ago and offers young people an opportunity to learn theatre craft and perform in amateur theatre productions.
Member Leane Madren recently told The News the company had been using the storage area next to the Hastings SES building but was recently notified by the council that the arrangement could no longer continue.
“There is such shortage of suitable places in the shire, so we so far have had no luck finding somewhere to go,” she said.
“If we don’t find something in a few weeks, the alternative is not operating anymore and that would be devastating.”
Any individuals or companies that can help can contact Panorama Theatre Company at email@example.com