Oamaru will always be in my heart – Opera House director

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Oamaru Opera House director Megan Peacock Coyle may be leaving town for good next month, but she will never forget her time here.

Mrs Peacock Coyle will be finishing as director this Friday to take up the role of manager at the Baycourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga on November 10.

She said her move to the Bay of Plenty will mean she is closer to family in Hawke’s Bay, as well as working for a bigger venue, but she will always cherish her time in Oamaru.

“I’ll absolutely miss Oamaru – the charm and quirkiness of this little town.

“I’ll always have a soft sport in my heart for Oamaru.”

Since she began in May 2012, Mrs Peacock Coyle has noticed a growth in Oamaru and feels the town is starting to reach its own potential.

“It’s got an exciting future.

“I’ll miss continuing to be a part of that.”

During her two-and-a-half year stint as director, she has gained many skills in strategic planning and business management that will be useful in every job she has in the future, she said.

“It was a wonderful experience.

“I have learnt some really great skills here in managing a venue.”

While her new venue in Tauranga has a “fabulous theatre” and is a modern space that was built in 1983, she will miss the grandeur of the Oamaru Opera House that was built in 1907.

“I will miss the building.”

Her replacement had not yet been found but it was hoped a new director would be appointed by December, she said.

Mrs Peacock Coyle will be staying for the opening night of Ladies for Hire, Musical Theatre Oamaru’s theatre restaurant on October 31, which she is directing, before heading to the North Island.

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

HAPPY MEMORIES: Oamaru Opera House director Megan Peacock Coyle in her favourite place in the building, the foyer, which she helped refurbish.