PICTOU – When she heard reports that there was inclement weather forecast, deCoste manager Darlene MacDonald admits she had her doubts about how the final show at the theatre for this season was going to go Wednesday night.
But seeing a sold-out audience enjoying the Barra MacNeils that night, worries vanished.
“It was the perfect ending,” she said of the holiday themed concert.
The deCoste will now be closed for shows for January and February although staff will still be working part time.
“It’s always nice to get through that last show of the season,” MacDonald said.
This year the deCoste celebrated its 30th anniversary this year and for the most part had a successful year, hosting top class performers as well as numerous community events.
MacDonald said it’s nice to see local involvement in the centre and how they’re able to get more people in to experience the theatre.
While they don’t have their year-end for a few more months, MacDonald said, financially they were on par with last year, which was a good year.
With some assistance from the federal and provincial governments the centre will be undergoing $113,000 worth of renovations in January and February in anticipation of reopening in March.
The funds will pay for new stage curtains, heat pumps and improvements to the existing sound system.
MacDonald said that when complete, the sound system will be one of the best among house systems in the province.
“It’s the Bentley of sound systems,” she said.
With that and the new curtains, patrons can expect a whole new experience when they return to the theatre in the spring, she said.