Theatre’s charity auction a huge success

A CHARITY auction has helped raise the curtain at Glaisdale’s Esk Valley theatre for another series of performances this summer.

There was a tremendous turnout for the theatre’s Auction of Promises on Saturday 5 March and after expenses, a total of £2,553 was raised towards their summer production of Dangerous Obsession.

Producer Sheila Carter said: “It’s a fantastic result for the theatre and wonderful that so many people care about the company’s work.

“We had 70 lots donated by individuals and local businesses and without their generosity and the help of our volunteers the auction wouldn’t have been such a success.

“It was an entertaining evening from start to finish with local auctioneer Rob Smith at the helm. He’s a consummate professional and handled the evening with great charm and humour, so a big thank you to Rob.”

The auction was a great way to finish the week as the company also discovered its application to Scarborough Borough Council for a Community Revenue Grant had been successful.

It has been awarded £1,500 and this is another important step towards balancing the books.

Because the company has no assets or facilities of its own, it has to start from scratch each year and all the equipment has to be hired for the season for the productions which are held at the village’s Robinson Institute.

A team of professional staff have to be recruited and all statutory obligations have to be met.

Director Mark Stratton added: “It’s a huge undertaking for a small community, but we hope it is an event that the whole of the Whitby area can take pride in.

“I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to everyone who has helped us develop the theatre and make the last seven years such an extraordinary journey into uncharted waters.”