On Tuesday March 27, 7pm Ku-ring-gai Council will be voting on the future of the Marian Street Theatre.
The Save Marian Street Theatre (SMST) Committee has been working tirelessly to prepare a business plan for the theatre that includes projected costings for running it as a fully-fledged cultural centre. Council require this as councillors need to know how much the theatre will cost to run as well as how much it will cost to rejuvenate.
A theatre-plus venue, seamlessly integrated with the mature Selkirk Park next door, with easy access for all comers, makes possible an excitingly varied range of indoor and outdoor arts activities for young and old. It’s a very rare community opportunity—indeed, just a pipe-dream for most other communities; but for Ku-ring-gai, it is enticingly achievable, and at much less cost than is expended on many other community facilities, through the imaginatively conceived plans for the re-opening of Marian St Theatre.
MST can be the cultural hub for our municipality into the future, with live theatre, art shows, sculpture, music and drama tuition for young people all being part of the mix. MST café in the building will offer theatre-goers a meal and young mums (and grandparents!) can watch while their children/grandchildren play in the park.
Before KMC can say ‘yes’ to this new, re-vitalised MST, it has to know the community supports the concept. That means letting the whole of Ku-ring-gai know what is happening.
SMST committee are very grateful for the ongoing support of FOKE (Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment). Today SMST committee is asking if you can help by attending the Council Vote on the 27th March, 7pm at the Council Chambers. To get a sense of how many people will be attending, we’re asking people to register to let us know if they are coming – however, if you don’t register, please come along anyway!