THE COURT DEPENDS ON US
There are 2,000 Court Supporters. We are all passionate about ensuring live theatre thrives. Each year we give The Court tens of thousands in funding, most of which is usually to sponsor one mainstage show. This funding comes from our membership fees, fundraisers and donations.
Our volunteers are the ushers that show you to your seats, saving The Court about $200,000 each year in ushering costs.
Our volunteers also operate the Coffee Bar and after every mainstage opening night show we provide free bubbles and a delicious supper.
We are proud of the support we give The Court, ensuring we can all continue to enjoy wonderful, enthralling live theatre.
Enjoy these benefits as a Supporter
- Discounted seat prices.
- Eligibility to join our volunteer ushering teams - so popular we have a waiting list.
- Invitations to special events with cast, crew and staff.
- Our quarterly Court Cues e-newsletter for all the behind the scenes details and stories about the theatre’s writers, directors, stars and staff.
- Adult Single $40
- Adult Double $55
- Senior (65+ yrs) Single $30
- Senior (65+ yrs) Double $45
- Youth (<25 yrs) Single $25
Message from the Chair
The “stay local and New Zealand made” cry is going out and what better way than with our very own entertainment at the Court, eating BASE Pizza and drinking Giesen wine. We are planning an event specifically for you to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel. Check the details and register as soon as you can.
We are so grateful to the theatre staff for the huge amount of work they have done during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Barbara’s communication with us has been impressive, the fortnightly Court Reporter and her daily blog for the staff, Board and Supporters Committee were both entertaining and informative. The creative instincts of this team have certainly not been in a ‘lockdown’ and many new ideas have been generated during this busy time. Every moment has been well used and the ongoing successful business of our theatre is in extremely good hands. I will leave it to Barbara to update you on these plans.
Over the last few months, we have had two people retire from our Supporters’ committee. The service and commitment they have given over a very long period is outstanding. Goodbye and thank you Aileen Wyld and Judy Ashton, you will be greatly missed.
We are delighted that these positions have been filled by two relatively new and enthusiastic members. The Treasurer position by Lynn Vandertie and Secretarial position by Charles Duke with Allanah James as our new Deputy Chair.
The theatre now officially welcomes Dan Pengelly as the new Artistic Director and we couldn’t be more delighted. Congratulations Dan.
The process of changing our name to “Friends of the Court Theatre” is well underway. The survey that was taken some weeks ago has indicated overwhelmingly in favour of change with 78% of members agreeing to it. We will now need a resolution from the members to make the change. The change is likely to coincide with our 50th anniversary in April 2021 and you will be advised in due course.
The Supporters' Events continue with special things being organised for Supporters only. Do check for further information as it becomes available as we have exciting plans continually hatching.
The Covid-19 lockdown is now over and we return slowly to life as it was or as near as it can be. Our Court remains really strong and progressive with an exciting new reality as we go into a new era.
Thank you so much for your ongoing loyalty and financial support.
Court Supporters Chair
THE COURT'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE - A GREAT SUPPORTER
The best thing my husband and I did this year is join The Supporters, and we are very proud of this and wanted you to know.
As Chief Executive of The Court Theatre, I see almost all of the comings and goings in our beloved Shed, as well as the outreach programmes we take into the community, and we are so very grateful to The Court Supporters for all that they (we) do to ensure the smooth running of this professional and exceptionally busy theatre company.
We see The Supporters who usher our audiences to their seats, care for our patrons, and ensure that there is a celebratory glass of bubbles after the opening night show. We see the lovely plates of supper, and so many friendly faces who make all who attend very welcome indeed.
What I also get to see behind the scenes is an incredibly hard working committee who are master organisers who attend to every little membership detail, communications, raffle ticket sales, and event promotion. They support The Court Theatre and our people in every way.
I encourage you to join The Court Supporters as we have – you will be part of something that creates enduring friendships and is so much fun. We are ready to welcome you.
Chief Executive / Tumu Whakarae
The Court Theatre
Supporters Pub Quiz Night
When: Sunday 11 October 2020
Where: Bailies Bar – cnr Colombo St & Edgeware Rd, St Albans (different venue this year)
Quiz starts at 6.30pm, but come earlier for Bailies Bar’s delicious pub food.
Get your team of up to 6 players together and register with David Winfield – firstname.lastname@example.org - by Friday 2 October. $20 per team member. Pay on the night.
Dress up if you wish. Prize for the Best Dressed Team.
Great raffle prizes from The Court Theatre’s generous sponsors.
The Court Cues is the Supporters' quarterly newsletter, sent to members via email. You can view The Court Supporters' blog, with all newsletter stories here, or read our previous issues below: