The North Peace Cultural Centre is getting ever closer to paying for a new dimmer rack.
The equipment is essential to controlling the lights in the theatre, says operations manager at the NPCC, Oliver Hachmeister.
“It controls all the theatrical lighting for all the shows, so it’s pretty important,” he said.
The original rack was installed in 1992. It’s had some issues during shows, but during one particular performance it just shut down and the lights went out. Hachmeister said they had a backup plan and got the lights going again, but it showed the NPCC that it was definitely time to replace the aging equipment.
The dimmer rack costs around $42,000 plus installation. So far, nearly $38,000 has been raised through community donations and grants.
Hachmeister said the cultural centre is aiming to raise $50,000 to cover the cost of the rack, as well as replace the aging lights in the theatre.
“We’re looking at getting LED lights, which will help reduce our operating costs,” he said.
The upcoming Bright Nights Gala, which takes place on June 24, will also help raise funds for the dimmer rack.