By SHEA DAWSON
The Caloundra Events Centre is prepared to reopen this Saturday for its first live performance in months.
It was set to be an exciting year for the council-sponsored theatre after the completion of their major renovations and preparations for their 40th anniversary in November.
For now though, the stage is set for a soft reopening with an event by touring group Tenori.
A spokeswoman for the Caloundra Events Centre says patrons can expect to see sweeping changes to account for social distancing restrictions.
“Our capacity had to be put down by 50 per cent,” she says.
“Normally we’d have one cafe, but we’ve got about three sections where everyone can sit down and still enjoy a drink or food before, but it’s all spread out now.”
Patrons are still able to be seated with groups they book online with, but there are strictly no seat swaps.
The Events Centre has been running on skeleton staff but is working hard to ensure that any booked events during the lockdown period were not left in the wings.
One of these events was the Sunshine Coast Schools Drama Festival, which has been held at and sponsored by the Events Centre for the past five years.
Festival president Ricki-Lee Bernhardt-Turpin says she couldn’t be happier for the reopening.
“It’ll give students the opportunity to perform in a state-of-the-art, brilliant theatre with all of the production aspects that you would see in any top theatre,” Ms Bernhardt-Turpin says.
For more information on upcoming events, visit the Caloundra Events Centre on FaceBook.