In the last two years the Esperance Civic Centre has gone through some dramatic changes. The first of which was the success of receiving $138,292 through the State Governments ‘Royalties for Regions’ program. This allowed the replacement and upgrade of about 70% of our audio, lighting and production equipment which was obsolete and no longer fit for purpose. Most of which was purchased in 1981 with the opening of the Civic Centre; including some items that were second-hand at the time!
We continued the upgrade this financial year with a brand new lighting console. These upgrades ensure that the Esperance Civic Centre is capable of hosting a variety of National and International touring shows and showcase local schools and community groups’ events in a professional and world-class manner.
We have recently undergone rendering to both the interior and exterior of our building (although this is still a work in progress). No longer are we holding events in a ’40 year old, exposed brick building’ we now have a facility that matches the beauty and elegance of performing arts spaces world-wide!!!
What does this change mean for the acoustic integrity of the auditorium? The sound from the speakers travels in the same direction as the flared side walls and the rendering will make no alteration to the acoustics of the room. The rear wall of the auditorium has not been altered; this consists of jarrah slates with an acoustic foam padding. This is designed to absorb the sound at the rear of the auditorium, minimising any reflection (or slap back) of sound from the stage. Come to a show to see the changes for yourself! Celtic Illusion is on next Wednesday and is selling out!