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 Friend of The Court Theatre
- 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
Welcome to 2021, our 50th anniversary year.
We certainly intend to celebrate this tremendous milestone in style.
I have been involved in the planning of this exciting weekend in April and really hope we will be able to celebrate together.Save the date for 25th April!
Cheryl Colley and I have been tasked with finding and selecting photos from the thousands in our archive that reflect 50 years of The Court Theatre. These will be used in the book Felicity Price has so cleverly compiled from interviews and Derek Hargreaves’ memories, telling The Court’s story. We have had the opportunity to work with Elric Hooper, the iconic Artistic Director who held his position for over 20 years. He opened his archives to us and talked through many of the shows he had directed or acted in. What a privilege to spend this time with such a remarkable man.We have planned a special afternoon for The Supporters on the Sunday of the celebration weekend. There will be entertainment in the form of a humorous debate, calling on some of the well know identities of the Theatre. There will be cake cutting and the launch of our new name as ‘Friends of The Court’. Make sure you register early, as the auditorium only holds 400 people. The ticket price will be low, covering costs only.
The Saturday evening function is open to everyone. It will be a black-tie extravaganza with unique entertainment, food and wine.Make sure you acquire one of The History of The Court books - and maybe another as a present for someone who has loved the Court!
In news for the ushers, we intend to hold coffee mornings and evenings for the chief ushers and deputies as part of our commitment to enhance better communication. The ushers are our vital connection with The Court’s patrons, and we feel it’s so important that they are kept well informed of what is happening in and around the Theatre. Allanah James is our committee liaison person, so do feel free to contact her anytime by emailing email@example.com (attention Allanah).Our end of year records tell us that donations from The Supporters nearly doubled last year. This indicates the huge love and help you were prepared to give The Court in a very troubling year. Thank you all so much.
I hope you have all enjoyed lots of sun, holidays, food, wine and the things you love as we enter this very special year. We look forward to your highly valued and ongoing support.
Chair of The Court Supporters
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 AGM - Monday 15 March, 2021
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of Court Theatre Supporters Incorporated will be held at The Court Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Monday 15 March 2021.
The business to be conducted at the meeting is:
- Receipt of the Chair’s report
- Receipt of the Treasurer’s report and financial statements
- Election of Patron, Committee Members and Officers and Supporters Trustee
- Consideration of the proposed Court Theatre Supporters Incorporated name change to Friends of the Court Theatre Incorporated, amendments to the Society’s Rules to facilitate this, and other administrative amendments to the Rules
- Presentation of Service Awards
- General business
(A full agenda and papers in relation to items 1, 2 and 4 above will be circulated in advance of the meeting) The updated minutes from the 2020 AGM can be found here.
Nomination forms for Committee positions are available from the Secretary and must be lodged by 07 March 2021.
Nominees, Proposers and Seconders must be current, paid up, members of the Society.
Guest Speaker: To be announced.
For enquiries or apologies, please contact the Secretary on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Court Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations
April 2021 marks 50 wonderful years of The Court Theatre. Please diary these dates:
Friday 23 April – Theatre Alumni Event
Saturday 24 April – Theatrical Black-Tie Fundraiser
Sunday 25 April – The Supporters Celebration
A special event for our Supporters, including a theatre debate, and the launch of our new branding as Friends of The Court
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: