The 525,600 minute countdown to opening night of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts begins

    RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Today, the Mayor, Councillors,
business owners and residents celebrated the highly anticipated one year
countdown to the opening of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
A rendition of Rent's Seasons of Love by a choir of seven kicked off the
celebration, counting down the 525,600 minutes to opening night. The official
logo of the theatre, designed by award-winning Elora based artist, Shirley Al,
was unveiled with a unique animation sequence, produced by A2 Media Inc.
Acclaimed Canadian actor Colin Fox was also introduced as the voice of the
    "It's very exciting to witness the one year countdown to opening night,"
said Mayor David Barrow, "This Centre for the Performing Arts is truly a gift
to our community and will be a space for us to come together." The Mayor also
expressed gratitude to Fox for being a part of the project. Fox presented the
2007-2008 Pre-Season shows leading up to opening night in October 2008. The
shows give the community a chance to experience the type of diverse
multicultural, educational and community oriented programming that the theatre
will offer after its opening. The Pre-Season, sponsored by Richmond Hill
Toyota, includes performances by Daniel Bolshoy, the Elora Festival Singers,
Comedy Nights and concludes with the screening of the opening ceremonies of
the Beijing Olympics.
    In addition to speeches by the Mayor and Councillor Arnie Warner, Theatre
Manager Michael Grit spoke about the Take Your Seat campaign. He invited the
community to name each seat in the auditorium as part of the fundraising
campaign now geared to residents in York Region. Grit also announced
partnerships with fu-GEN Theatre and Modern Times Stage Company. The online
Box Office also went live during the conference, which will now allow patrons
to purchase tickets in advance before the official Season begins. The
2008-2009 Season will commence with a gala opening celebration, scheduled for
October 15, 2008.

    The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts will be the largest
cultural facility of its kind in York Region. The venue will house a 631-seat
auditorium, a hydraulic orchestra pit, a multi-purpose rehearsal hall, an
outdoor piazza, a fly tower, gallery space for visual art displays, catering
facilities and the preservation and restoration of a heritage building - the
original schoolhouse, built in 1897. The Centre will be located at the corner
of Yonge and Wright Streets in downtown Richmond Hill and is expected to be
the catalyst to energize the downtown core.
    For up-to-date information on the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing
Arts and a real-time view of construction through a web camera visit
    Photos accompany this release.

For further information:

For further information: Michael Grit, Theatre Manager, Richmond Hill
Centre for the Performing Arts, (905) 737-8985 Ext. 6007 or E-mail

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