The show goes on

Yanchep Two Rocks Community Association president Ron Arnold said the City of Wanneroo�s $50,000 upgrade of a stage and lighting at the Two Rocks facility was a bonus for the area.

Mr Arnold said he hoped it was the start of a trend to reignite the area�s social life.

The Two Rocks resident said past attractions lost included the Birdman rally, Atlantis Marine Park, Blessing of the Fleet, Maritime Museum, Lions Market, New Year�s Eve community celebration and Club Capricorn.

�For every loss incurred there had been nothing offered to fill the void; needless to say disappointment was felt by not only myself but many others within my local community,� he said.

Mr Arnold said when he learnt from Atlantis Productions president Ted Dowling that the group lost its Little Mermaid Theatre premises, he decided to help them find another suitable venue.

�A meeting was arranged between the City of Wanneroo and myself representing the Mermaid Community Theatre Club,� he said.

�I passionately put forth my plea to not only save this group but also allow it to use as a base of operation the Phil Renkin centre.

�I had indicated that whilst other areas were enjoying the benefits of a �festival of the performing arts� we had a real chance here at developing something very special for our communities.�

Mr Arnold said the upgrade would give them a �live theatre� facility for local productions.

�Ted Dowling is a man of 90-plus years old and is most certainly a true inspiration for all of us to follow as he continues to offer his expertise with live theatre,� he said.

�It represents the essence of our cultural heritage and this is something that I was not going to simply sit back and watch disappear.�

Mr Dowling said the theatre group had been renamed Mermaid Community Theatre Club this year.

He said it was open to young people and adults who were interested in performing arts, including production, drama, make-up and backstage roles.

The club plans to stage the musical Oliver this Christmas, with a cast of 52 people.