On the evening of 6 November guests gathered at the new Franschhoek Theatre in the Franschhoek High School grounds. The team in charge of the project had invited donors to the project for a celebration. Also in attendance were the principal of the school, Mr Cilliers, and the school’s governing body.
After more than two years of planning, authorisations, design, building and renovation, the Centenary Library building was ready for its new life. The guests who had come to celebrate were enchanted by the grey and blue interior, the re-laid old parquet floor and new carpeted seating tiers, the spruced up shutters and the brand new amenities. The project team thanked the donors who had so generously supported the fund-raising initiatives which enabled them to realise a Franschhoek community dream. Mr Denver Adonis, the chairman of the school governing body also thanked everyone involved and pointed out that the school did not have the means to renovate and save the building. He added that the benefit to the school, both financially and culturally would be most valuable.
Guests tried out the seats as they viewed a music video on the wonderfully large screen, wandered down the passage to inspect the bathrooms, admired the wall with the inscribed teak tiles and chatted excitedly over glasses of complimentary wine as they planned future theatre outings.
The Franschhoek Theatre is a multi-purpose venue for cultural events of all kinds and small conferences. The facility also houses the historic school archive, with many interesting articles from the collection forming part of the décor.
The theatre uses the Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism information office at 62 Huguenot Street (above Franschhoek Pharmacy) as its ticketing office. A monthly programme is also available here. Patrons who wish to receive the programme by email are asked to please sign up for the theatre newsletter via the theatre’s website.