A Brief History of “DLT”
Dundas Little Theatre Inc. was founded in 1960 by a group of local enthusiasts in the basement of the late Don Garstin’s Dundas home. For twenty years, we performed in local school auditoriums. By 1978 it was becoming obvious that we needed a home of our own. We searched long and hard for a site and were delighted when the Town of Dundas offered the site of the recently closed outdoor swimming pool. DLT accepted the Town’s offer and a new page in our history was turned.
The architect, Trevor Garwood-Jones, decided that the original changing rooms of the pool building were sturdy enough to be built over rather than torn down. The pool was filled in and the auditorium built over it.
We asked for a “creative space” rather than a proscenium stage, with raised seats on moveable risers. This makes DLT unique in that each production can be staged to its best advantage, the director and players having the benefit of a chosen stage size and placement.
The members of DLT enthusiastically worked endless hours to raise funds for the new building. Wintario matched our efforts and we made it – $352,000! The names of those who made the Centre for the Arts a reality appear on our Donor Wall in the lobby.
Friday, May 23, 1980 was the Great Day! The then Minister of Culture and Recreation for Ontario, Reuben Baetz, officially opened the building, after which Somerset Maugham’s “The Constant Wife” was performed. Our first play at the Centre for the Arts!
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