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
9 November 2020
There is an exciting sense of vibrant energy and optimism at the theatre with the auditorium back in action, our ushering teams providing patrons with great experiences and an impressive line-up of shows for the new season.
We Supporters also have some exciting events planned. These occasions are a great way of getting to know the theatre’s stars and staff and enjoy the company of other Supporters in a friendly atmosphere. So please, diary these dates these now.
First is our Christmas Lunch with Jersey Boys’ Musical Director, Richard Marrett, on 16 December. Enjoy a carol sing-a-long, lovely food and a present from Santa! Then, early next year, make a dinner date with Mark Hadlow – 2 February at the Curator’s House. With Mark as guest speaker, it’s likely this will book out even faster than our usual dinners.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of the theatre and this is a great cause for celebration. We were not the first professional theatre in New Zealand - that honour goes to the Downstage Theatre in Wellington which opened in 1968 but closed in 2013. However, we are the longest running professional theatre in the country. To celebrate there will be three events from 23 to 25 April which include alumni and black tie events, a debate and the launch of our new name, Friends of The Court Theatre.
Meanwhile, the concept design for our new theatre in the city is under development and we can look forward to a wonderful new facility opening in 2023 in the CBD’s Performing Arts Precinct.
Finally, a huge thank-you for treasuring our beloved Court Theatre. If you are an usher, thank you for being a wonderful theatre ambassador. For renewing your Supporters membership, thank you for helping keep our theatre strong. For all of you who regularly fill the seats at performances, thank you for your commitment and continuing demonstration of your love of our precious live theatre.
Wishing you all the best,
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
Bop Jersey Boys’ Beat
Sunday 22 November, 4pm | The Court Theatre | $10
Enjoy a one hour rock 'n' roll lesson lead by New Zealand champions, Shaun and Hayley Birchall. A chance to kick up your heels and bop the beat of the Jersey Boys times! Running in The Court Theatre's foyer, tickets are just $10 and the bar will be open afterwards. Beginners welcome - no talent required!
Supporters Christmas Lunch
Wednesday 16 December, 12pm – 2:30pm | $45
Celebrate Christmas with your fellow Supporters and guest speaker Richard Marrett, Jersey Boys' Musical Director! The cost is $45 per head, which includes lunch, tea, coffee and a complimentary drink. Please bring a $5 gift to exchange. There’ll also be a Christmas Cake raffle!
Register your interest: email@example.com
Dinner Date with Mark Hadlow
Tuesday 2 February
Another one of our popular Supporters’ dinner/speaker events, this time with Mark Hadlow! Running at the Curator's House, more details will be confirmed soon.
Register your interest: 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: