Store front theatre coming to Port Hope
VALERIE MACDONALD / Northumberland Today Port Hope resident Sean Carthew is taking over 18 Ontario St. next week to transform it into a Storefront Theatre.
Port Hope resident Sean Carthew is establishing a Storefront Theatre on Ontario Street.
A professional actor for 14 years and a writer who dabbled in real estate for a while after graduating from the University of Windsor, Carthew says he has decided to create a public space that can be used for all kinds of things during the daytime, and for live theatre at night.
"It's something I've wanted to do for a very long time," he told Northumberland Today in an an interview this week.
Carthew said he plans to begin interior renovations at 18 Ontario St. next week in what he describes as a 40-seat venue.
"We can do anything in there," he states in information about the venture. (Ideas include) "theatre (professional and local), previously produced plays, new plays, young people's theatre, music, visual artists, one of a kind shows, a market, birthday parties (and) corporate events.
"It’s a rental space for shows, rehearsals, classes, meetings (and) courses. We can adapt to any idea. It’s a space that can be molded to fit all needs and ideas."
Carthew said he is in the process of raising $8,000 through www.kickstarter.com and that $2,400 has been raised to date. Half of that money is for renovations and the rest for items ranging from curtains and lighting to stage risers, he said. Anyone interested can go to that website to support the local venture.
"People either rent the space or split the box office. We do not pay for performances. No risks are taken besides rent, utilities and advertising costs."
Specific costs for rentals, art displays and young people theatre are listed on the kickstarter.com web page.
Carthew said he has already met with the town's economic development committee and building inspector.
The entrepreneur describes this "Ontario Street Theatres in Port Hope" as "affordable theatre and rental space that can be molded into anything" and that "the community will kind of define it."