Sir, – In early January I was blown away to receive a thank you card and cheque from a lady who lives at Gwandalan (NSW) and was on a bus tour of our region.
On Boxing Day I hosted a tour of the Montreal Theatre for a group of 30 seniors.
The tour company had contacted the Tumut Region Visitor Centre to ask for appropriate activities and were advised of tours of the Montreal Community Theatre.
Montreal Theatre committee members understand the value of the theatre to members of the wider community and indeed the passion many people have for its wonderful history and day to day use, but the card and cheque confirms the theatre is a wonderful asset for locals and visitors alike and is important on many levels.
When I do tours of the theatre not only do I give the history of the theatre, but I always let the tour groups know of our visions for the future of the beautiful theatre.
Ms Martin must have been impressed by what she saw and heard as the thank you card we received stated: “Every town big or small depends on volunteers. Tumut is indeed lucky to have such a dedicated group like yours.
Please use the enclosed towards a new roof to protect those marvellous curtains.”
The Montreal committee has embarked on a program to raise the significant funds required to secure the future of the Montreal.
Just like the past 90 years a new roof will ensure future generations will have the Montreal Theatre to host everything from school functions and performances to movies, opera, live shows, world class performers and productions and, of course, more tours of a piece of Australia’s rural and cultural history.
Not everyone knows the Montreal Theatre is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register!
The committee and community thanks Ms Martin for her $1000 donation.
Such a generous and selfless gesture from someone who obviously shares the sense of how special Tumut’s Montreal Theatre is, not just for those of us who live in this region but for those who value heritage, culture and community spirit.
Montreal Community Theatre Inc.