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Construction Update

The Gippsland Performing Arts Centre is a step closer to hosting its first shows now that the external glazed façade is being installed. The full height glazed façade will allow patrons approaching the venue to see the spectacular architectural features inside the building, including the feature timber tree columns. Outside the building, works will soon commence on the new outdoor dining and performance area. This area, located off the existing Traralgon Service Centre, will allow for outdoor dining for café patrons and also play host to outdoor programming.

Inside the building there is even more activity. The orchestra pit lift is being installed in the auditorium. Located at the front of the stage, this orchestra lift can be used to configure the stage for whatever performance is being shown. When an orchestra is in as part of a stage performance, the lift is lowered down to below stage level to hide the orchestra from view. Shows that require a bigger stage area can have the lift raised to create a ‘thrust stage’. It is one of the many features that will allow for a wide range of top class shows at the GPAC.

The back of house areas are nearing completion with painting and joinery now complete in the main change rooms. Floor coverings will be next, followed by fit out with mirrors, lockers, and all the other items to make performers look their best. Elsewhere, the brand-new meeting rooms have had the ceilings finished and painted, the ceiling and coffer lights in the foyer are underway and the fit out of the kitchen has commenced.

With construction due to be completed later this year, attention is now turning to the opening of the building. Keep tuned for more information soon about the opening of the facility, which acts will feature in the opening program and how you can get involved in supporting the venue and local arts.

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