We desperately need the community's help to save our wonderful theatre school and venue used by over 3500 people each year.

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Late in 2014 the Hamilton City Council informed Riverlea Theatre volunteers that unless they raised $460 000 to buy their land, it would be put on the market. If the land is sold to a private buyer it would be likely that Hamilton would lose this venue used by over 3500 people each year - performers, audiences, students and parents. The theatre has been well-managed over many years and has no debt - but neither do the not-for-profit groups that use it have nearly half a million available to buy the land. We desperately need your help.

Riverlea provides affordable, quality theatre for the Hamilton public, encouraging adults and children to develop confidence, performance and social skills. Our venue is well-known for its friendly atmosphere. Home of three performance groups - Musikmakers (musical theatre), Playbox (Repertory) and Stagecraft (performing arts school) - it is also used by a range of other community groups.

Riverlea has been operating as a theatre for over 25 years, and is run independently by member groups without subsidy from the local Council. Nonetheless the City Council has just voted to sell the land from underneath the building, putting the venue and its resident groups at risk.

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Riverlea Theatre

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Waikato

Late 2014 the Hamilton City Council informed Riverlea Theatre performance groups and theatre school that they are selling the land on which the theatre sits. Riverlea Theatre Board have a limited time to purchase the land before it is sold privately. We must rapidly raise $460 000. If we fail to purchase the land, the community is likely to lose this very busy performance venue and the wonderful theatre school forever.

Riverlea provides affordable, quality theatre for the Hamilton public, encouraging adults and children to develop confidence, performance and social skills. Our venue is well-known for its friendly atmosphere. Home of three performance groups - Musikmakers (musical theatre), Playbox (Repertory) and Stagecraft (performing arts school) - it is also used by a range of other community groups.

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This organisation page was created on 26 Sep 2014.

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