“Music in the Park” is a benefit in support of the Old Armoury. It is an upbeat musical revue featuring a live band and celebrates the music theatre songs we love to sing.
Performance Dates will be Saturday, July 29 at 8:00pm and Sunday, July 30 at 2:00pm
Location: The Old Armoury, 1A Park Avenue. Georgetown, Ontario
The Town of Halton Hills purchased The Old Armoury in 1997 from the Department of National Defense. The Town had hoped to find a tenant for the building but it remained vacant, used only for park equipment storage and as a bad weather shelter for some Fall Fair displays.
Unfortunately, the lack of use resulted in the deterioration of The Old Armoury and in 2008 the Town proposed that it be scheduled for demolition. Community reaction was one of great concern; the prospect of losing yet another historical and distinctive landmark was tragic. The Town delayed the final decision on The Old Armoury until the end of 2008, in order to give organizations one last chance to come forward with a proposal to save the structure.
At the same time Globe was under increased pressure to find a home of our own….the John Elliott Theatre, where we perform, was to be closed for renovations until 2013; there was to be a 30% increase in rent at the hall we were utilizing; we were outgrowing our rehearsal, set construction and costume space; and there was a high impetus to continue the newly formed Youth Company but no capacity to accommodate the youth within our existing rental facility.
Globe also realized quickly that it was unlikely that our assets as a small community group would ever be sufficient to purchase both land and a building in today’s real estate market.
Discussions between Globe and The Town of Halton Hills began in early spring 2009 regarding the feasibility of Globe taking possession of The Old Armoury. In September 2010 we were excited to sign a contract with The Town of Halton Hills giving Globe ownership of The Old Armoury as our permanent home. This contract also stipulates that should Globe cease to exist then ownership of The Old Armoury will revert to the Town with the guarantee that it will always be used solely for the benefit of arts, culture and heritage.
When the renovation is completed, The Old Armoury will include a 120 seat performance space and a 1000 square foot multipurpose room. There will also be set building and costume workshops. The building will accommodate a full range of activities; from rehearsing and live theatre to meetings and social events. Globe will also offer The Old Armoury to support Fairground Park events and to assist other community groups.
To date over $450,000 has been committed to The Old Armoury project. This includes Globe’s $170,000 building fund, $30,000 from the reallocation of demolition costs from The Town of Halton Hills, a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Fund Grant and $100,000 in interest free loans from private sponsors.