New port calls Harbour Theatre

Harbour Theatre director Peter Kirkwood with actors Nicole Miller and Jo Sterkenburg.
Harbour Theatre director Peter Kirkwood with actors Nicole Miller and Jo Sterkenburg.

Harbour Theatre president Nicola Bond said three productions would be held at Camelot during the remainder of Harbour’s 2014 season.

‘Harbour Theatre will also hold rehearsals and auditions at Camelot and build its sets onsite,’ she said.

It is hoped production of five annual shows will secure the future of MosArts, which has sought new partners since its hall underwent renovations last year.

MosArts chairwoman and Mosman Park councillor Libby Eustance said having Harbour Theatre as a Camelot partner was a ‘game changer’ for the community arts organisation.

At Mosman Park’s council meeting last month, her role as chairwoman, while also being a councillor, was alluded to when Cr Zenda Johnson criticised giving MosArts an unbudgeted $25,000 to cover operational costs, when about $250,000 had been given since 2008.

Cr Ian Flack said deciding on the $25,000 should be done in the council’s budget rounds starting five days after the meeting.

‘Why should MosArts be placed in this envious position when all other groups have to take their chances in the budget cycle?’ Cr Flack said.

Mayor Ron Norris said all groups were supported by the council and rates were not just for essential services but also to create a connected community.

‘They are doing this despite all of the upheavals and disruption which have occurred to the building over the past two years,’ he said.