A Queenstown community and theatre stalwart battling cancer will have part of Memorial Hall’s upgrade named after him.
A new sound and lighting control area in a $2.56 million upgrade of the hall is to be called The Scooter Booth, in recognition of Glenn ‘Scooter’ Reid.
Reid has dedicated more than 20 years to ensuring the sound and lighting runs smoothly for live shows. The Queenstown sparkie also served as Showbiz Queenstown’s president from 2001 to 2003.
Reid, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, was touched by the announcement in front of family and theatre friends at the hall on Monday.
“It’s rough times at the moment, and it’s nice to have everyone here for me.
“The theatre and hall are a special place for me and I’ve made lots of friends and long may that continue for many others as well,” Reid said.
Mountain Scene chief news hound Philip ‘Scoop’ Chandler, who presented Reid with a framed tribute page detailing his years of service, says not many people realise the hall was ill-equipped for some shows and Reid always made a silk purse out of a sour’s ear.
“He’s incredibly deserving of having his name on something like this.”
Former Showbiz technical director Greg Thompson recalled Reid helping with his first show in 1986. Reid took control in 2002 and Thompson says one of the things he’s most grateful for is Reid convincing them to upgrade gear.
“It’s increased the standard of productions – and we’ve made considerable amounts of money hiring that gear.”