- 2010 – Official Opening – BTC ‘Arts Shed’
The official opening and unveiling of a plaque by Mayor Rod Campbell was held on Friday 29th January 2010. The Mayor acknowledged the committees, sponsors and volunteers who had contributed greatly to the development of the Arts Shed over the past ten years.
Guests were taken on a tour of the venue and browsed though the facility. They were overwhelmed to see our well equipped rehearsal/performance space and sets/ costume construction and storage areas. Many were enlightened and interested to see what is involved behind the scenes to produce a show.
BTC committee invited its members and the general public to an “Open Day” of the Arts Shed on Saturday 23rd January to showcase what has been developed over the past 10 years.
ABOUT BTC “ARTS SHED” DEVELOPMENT
In October 1996 Bendigo Theatre Company accepted the invitation from the City of Greater Bendigo to engage in a long term lease on the old army drill hall in Allingham Street, Golden Square. This Commonwealth property was offered to the City of Greater Bendigo; on the condition they offset the purchase price by having a local community organisation utilise the property.
After inspection of the site, the committee was thrilled with the potential for development, and the prospect of housing all their property in the one location. BTC accepted the City of Greater Bendigo’s offer and reimbursed them the cost of the site, $20,000 plus legal fees, and not to exceed $25,000. At the time of signing the lease, BTC was hiring a number of locations for rehearsals, costumes and properties storage and storage/construction of sets. All the above goals were achieved, and BTC was able to assist other community organisations and schools with a rehearsal space which replicates the dimensions of the Capital Theatre. In this way, BTC continues its long standing policy of giving practical support to other groups in our community.
With an enterprising and dedicated committee the old unlined tin shed with a rough asphalt floor, has been transformed into a well equipped black box rehearsal/ performance area, with ample storage and construction facilities. This could not have been achieve without the support and cooperation from the City of Greater Bendigo, businesses and the many countless voluntary hours given by members of our community.
This was an exciting time in the history of Bendigo Theatre Company. After 58 years of continuous and on going commitment to the arts in our community, we had a permanent and secure home. It is with great pride that we now showcase what can be achieved when a community group work together in a shared project for the betterment of our community.
- 1997 – 100th Musical Production
June 27th, 1997, opening night for Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, marked our 100th musical production. The company is proud to state that it has been able to produce between two and three productions each year for the past 53 years.
- 1980 – Name Change: “Bendigo Theatre Company”
In 1980 the company changed its name to the Bendigo Theatre Company.