MANDURAH Performing Arts Centre audiences can look forward to a broader program of local and touring performances after a $460,000 technical equipment upgrade for the venue.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day said the centre was implementing the upgrade in two stages with grants provided through the $24 million Royalties for Regions Creative Regions program.
Mr Day said the program’s Regional Venues Improvement Fund aimed to ensure important local venues such as the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre were well equipped to accommodate regional performing arts groups.
“Having high-quality sound and lighting is an important factor in attracting an even more diverse range of performing arts groups to visit Mandurah,’’ he said.
The work will include theatre lighting and dimmer systems, the wireless microphone system, the audio visual system, and the sound system, provision of a motorised lighting grid for the Fishtrap Theatre, front and back of house improvements for both theatres and lighting and audio visual upgrades in the dance studio and public spaces.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the program complemented local government contributions, enabling upgrades that would otherwise not be possible.
The upgrade is expected to be completed mid-2017.