Not amusing: Sault comedy guild scrambling to locate new home

‘We do not know where by to go’: Regional theatre group desperate to locate a new spot to rehearse just after being informed to move out of outdated St. Ignatius church on Cathcart Street

The Musical Comedy Guild’s 60th anniversary period is in jeopardy.

Just weeks following kicking off their hugely predicted year with a bang, the Sault’s 2nd-longest operating theatre team is now requesting the public’s immediate help in getting a new room that will allow for them to host rehearsals and store their big sets and props.

Working out of the old St. Ignatius church on Cathcart Road because 2019, the MCG acquired a detect from the residence owners a number of weeks ago that they would start off applying the creating for other needs.

Asked for to go out by the finish of June, the guild has been on a desperate research to come across a new property that will accommodate their rehearsal and storage requires.

MCG president Louise Stephens states she hasn’t been sleeping much these times as the clock proceeds to tick with no response in sight.

“We really don’t know where to go,” Stephens states. “We’re performing Fiddler on the Roof at the end of November, so we’ll be starting our large rehearsals in September.”

To operate their rehearsals, the comedy guild calls for all-around 3,000 sq. toes of open area which would supply more than enough area to mimic a theatre centre stage and wings, plus supplemental room for the solid and crew to operate and not interfere with what is going on on the stage.

A bathroom and safe and sound parking near by would also be preferable in accordance to Stephens.

“We’ve seemed at storage place, which is extremely difficult for the dimension we need to have because our pieces are significant,” she says. “There are not any educational institutions obtainable for rehearsals ideal now. We also seemed at St. Andrew’s, but they have to have stability which we can’t manage.”

“To use the theatre centre is extremely costly as very well. You constantly have to have at least just one specialized director, irrespective of whether we’re working with them or not – we have to have them there.”

“There’s commercial true estate, but we just cannot afford that possibly. We’ve had no earnings for basically a few yrs.”

Even though all those solutions are also highly-priced, the not-for-earnings claims they can nonetheless afford to pay for to pay out a number of hundred dollars a thirty day period to a regional corporation that is eager to enable them out.

But if the comedy guild is not able to secure a place by September, Stephens say the logistics of managing Fiddler on the Roof will be set into significant dilemma.

“We’re having difficulties to get a spot even for short-phrase use,” she claims. “I do not want the comedy guild to have to fold on my observe. My dad and mom were being both of those founding members – I cannot enable them down like that.”

Louise Stephens can be achieved by dialing 705-945-9698 or by emailing [email protected].

“We’d be thrilled if someone could help us out.”