THE COURT DEPENDS ON US
There are 2,000 Friends of the Court. We are all passionate about ensuring live theatre thrives. Each year we give The Court tens of thousands of dollars 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
Dear Friends - doesn't that sound endearing.We are now joined together as friends leaving behind the Supporters of old.
We have just celebrated our 50th anniversary in grand style. Boasting to be the oldest, longest surviving and best theatre in New Zealand.The Alumni night was an evening for tears of joy, shrieks of recognition and hugs for old friends. Practitioners from fifty years ago to the present day were bought together for an evening of "Yarns and Lies". 'The Associates' past and present along with Chief Executives and Artistic Directors were all honoured for their contribution to The Court over time.
The beautiful book that records The Court's history was launched by the authors' Felicity Price and Derek Hargreaves. The spectacular photos throughout bring memories flooding back of the many many shows that have been produced by The Court Theatre. Elric Hooper, possibly the most celebrated of all the practitioners had generously sourced many of these from his private collection. This is a gorgeous coffee table book and I can recommend it most highly.Saturday night bought the glamour of our Gala Dinner. The stunning fit-out of the foyer with props and costumes and a very theatrical entrance through paparazzi snapping jesters began the evening with a bang. After a stylish four-course dinner and a fundraising auction (raising $18,000) the guests danced till midnight.
The Supporters/Friends event The Great Debate filled the auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Ross Gumbley and Kathleen Burns vigorously contested the moot "The world is a better place because of the Court Theatre." against opponents Lara Macgregor and Jeff Clark. Sir Roger Hall with his very dry humour made the perfect adjudicator and we laughed continuously for the whole hour.The final part of the afternoon saw the launch of the name Friends of The Court Theatre. The committee came onto the stage and on the fanfare stripped off their golden sashes to reveal the letters of the word "FRIENDS". This was the official launch of our new brand.
Tina Duncan's exquisite celebratory cake was wheeled onto the stage and cut by our two ushers who have served us for the whole 50 years. Doris Barnard and Gay Peek.
Now the party is over, the cleanup done and it's on to the serious business of Ladies Night.
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 Friends of the Court, 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 Friends of the Court for all that they (we) do to ensure the smooth running of this professional and exceptionally busy theatre company.
We see The Friends of the Court 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 Friends of the Court 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
The Court Cues is The Friends of the Court's regular newsletter, sent to members via email every two months. You can view The Friends of the Court blog, with all newsletter stories here, or read our previous issues below: