Canada 150 Renovations
Over the years, TAG has had several homes and performed in many venues, including the Capitol Theatre, the former College Street School, the gymnasium of HMCS Nova Scotian and St. Patrick’s High School. In 1966, TAG acquired a former church hall at 6 Parkhill Drive and this property, named the Pond Playhouse, has been home ever since.
In 2008, following a fundraising campaign, strongly supported by TAG’s membership, a new lobby and rehearsal hall was completed.
The Theatre Arts Guild is delighted that the Government of Canada 150 grant will enable TAG to complete renovations and improvements which began years ago. The project will make life better for all the volunteers who operate the theatre's Pond Playhouse through performing, back stage support or other activities to produce the plays enjoyed by so many of our members and patrons.
The Pond Playhouse has been performing valiantly despite being in need of renovations for years, and finally they will be able to make substantial upgrades to their facilities. The board of directors, stage crew, actors, and volunteers at Pond Playhouse help bring inspiration, joy, and imagination centre stage for the people of Halifax.
MP Andy Fillmore
This project is being partly funded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Funding in Atlantic Canada is delivered through ACOA.
In order to complete the project, it is now necessary for TAG to raise a matching $55,000. A campaign for funds from members and supporters will start shortly.
The project includes the construction of two galleries, one along the east side of the theatre, the other along the north side. These galleries bring an enormous number of benefits to all the volunteers who make TAG work.
The east gallery will result in:
- Doubling the size of our currently tiny dressing room
- Replacement of the small, dilapidated backstage bathroom
- Improved costume and props storage
- Actors will no longer have to travel outside the theatre to get from backstage to the lobby for entrances from that area
The north gallery will result in:
- Replacement of the cramped storage space behind the existing stage
- New workshop space allowing for set construction inside, rather than outside or on the stage itself
The planning is well underway with plans and design from architect Sidney P Dumaresq (FRAIC, NSAA) and engineering specifications from George Brandys (P. Eng.). Both Mr Dumaresq and Mr Brandys donated their professional services to TAG, saving us tens of thousands of dollars in professional fees. At a thank you ceremony on June 28, 2017, the Theatre Arts Guild presented each of them with Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their many generous contributions to the architectural and structural design and integrity of various Pond Playhouse building additions.
The theatre has received the necessary building permits from the city and Halifax Water. Work is expected to begin in July 2017.
Stay tuned for updates!