1 February 2013

Zambia: Nkana Kitwe Little Theatre Rehab On Course

INTERNAL renovations of Nkana Kitwe Little Theatre are progressing well after Government and some corporate entities teamed up to make the project a resounding success.

Government contract for Nkana Kitwe Little Theatre Society, which started last September, is worth KR180,000 while other related structural improvements at the club have so far gobbled about KR800,000.

The Government powered internal renovations at the club involved plumbing,

carpentry works, including replacing old and failing ceilings and fixing broken toilets to make the place conducive for theatre lovers.

Society chairperson Reuben Chama said in an interview that renovations have been on-going for the past one year.

Mr Chama yesterday saluted Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) for replacing over 200 seats in the auditorium which was done last year.

"We thank the Government for coming on board and helping in internal renovations of the club. The Mr Chama's committee has bought and replaced old and torn stage curtains which have not been replaced for what he described as donkey years.

"My committee has replaced bar stalls with Mukwa quality ones as well as replacing chairs within the bar area. We have also acquired a 43 inch plasma screen," he said.

The Society, which has been struggling pay up utility bills, was now managing to settle water and electricity bills every month, thanks to the timely support.

To drive activities of the Society to another prolific level of output, efforts have been instituted by the Committee to recruit quality members with brains to share skill and knowledge about good theatre management.

He contended that management of the club does not depend on the committee because the members play a vital role in improving theatrical offerings that would invariably reflect issues surfacing in society.

Experts in theatre are invited to put their brains together with the committee and other stakeholders and improve activities of Nkana Kitwe Little Theatre Society.

"The Theatre director has been holding meetings with script writers, directors and producers on how best to manage production of plays," he said.

The Society chairman explains that plans are to produce more than five plays every year and that this projects has already started.

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