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
I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be able to step forward as the new Chair of the Supporters and also to welcome Cheryl Colley as the new Deputy Chair.
David Winfield has steered us through the waters of the changing tides with John McSweeny by his side for the last six years and we are deeply grateful to David for his compassionate, professional and dignified leadership. The time and energy he has given to The Court and its Supporters is immeasurable. We are, however, lucky enough to have him remain on the committee to offer his advice, continue to run the Quiz Night and the Opening Night Suppers.
John has provided his wisdom and guidance as our deputy and for that too we are profoundly grateful. Thank you to you two wonderful people - your shoes will take some filling.
I have been part of The Supporters, this “life giving body" of the theatre for the past forty years and feel deeply that sense of ownership, that sense of pride and that sense of involvement that I know we all share. Staff, management, players, writers even governance come and go, but we The Supporters remain the steadfast rock on which this successful theatre stands and on which it will continue to stand where ever we may be going in the future.
Please continue this admirable support and dedication and we will journey together at full speed into the exciting future of The Court.
All the best
Chairman Court Theatre 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 EVENT: TE REO WORKSHOP - TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Following our successful event last year, we’re hosting another beginners te reo Māori workshop!
Tuesday 5th November in the Foyer 10:00am till 12:00pm (with a coffee break). Facilitator: Jackie Watson, a Supporter who taught Maori and te reo at Kaiapoi High School for eight years. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
OHOKA GARDEN AND MARKET VISIT - Friday 13 December
Our Supporters Chairwoman, Annie Bonifant, would like to host you in her Ohaka home's spring garden for coffee on the morning of December 13. Before or after that you can wander down to the very popular Ohoka Farmers Market. From Annie's garden you can also walk along the stream to visit the fabulous Magpie - Paula Ryan and Trelise Cooper fashion shop run by Paula’s daughter Bridget Hope, set in her beautiful garden.
Friday 13 December from 9:30am till 12:30pm at 15 Keetly Place.
Some parking is available. RSVP to: email@example.com - for catering purposes
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 download the print versions of our previous issues below: