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
We are in incredible times. Alongside our hardworking committee I want to offer you our love and support.
Stay kind, courageous and optimistic that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel.
We have decided not to send out our quarterly Court Cues newsletter as so much of what was written in advance became out of date very quickly. The world keeps shifting and things change by the hour. Be assured a revised version will appear at the appropriate time.
As you know, The Court is closed and I leave it to Chief Executive Barbara George to continue to update you on what is happening there. Barbara is working incredibly hard to find the right pathways forward and we are so lucky to have such a competent leader at the helm. But, of course, she is so ably assisted by General Manager Susan Rendall and Interim Artistic Director Dan Pengelly, along with many of the theatre staff now working from a distance. We are grateful to them all.
We were especially disappointed not to be able to offer the ushers their Gala Night performance of Lysander's Aunty. This is our traditional way of thanking them for their major contribution. The ushers are often the only personal contact patrons have with the theatre on their night out, so their warmth, welcome and kindness are so important. We thank them for being our wonderful ambassadors.
We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Court Theatre and The Supporters Incorporated Society next year and we feel, after much discussion, this is an appropriate time to change the name of our organisation.
We would like to re-brand as Friends of the Court Theatre, replacing the name The Court Supporters. This change has been suggested for some time and comes because of the ongoing confusion between Subscribers and Supporters, a Subscriber being someone who buys a season of tickets.
With the term 'Friend' we will also be aligning ourselves with other arts organisations. At our conception in 1971, it was decided not to use the term 'Friend' to negate any confusion with the Friends at Court ( i.e. the Justice Court) Amicus Curiae, but we feel this is no longer a necessary consideration. We would like to know what members feel about this proposal and will be engaging in a survey soon to hear your thoughts.
If you are living alone or need some help with getting groceries or chores done, may I suggest you contact the Student Army on their website here at sva.org.nz, scroll down until you see 'request help' and click through and follow the steps.
Be positive we will have our amazing theatre back again soon and please remain with us, we depend on your membership, enthusiasm and involvement.
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
LYSANDER'S AUNTY GALA NIGHT - 27 March, 7:30PM
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled as the theatre has closed because of COVID-19.
The March 2020 issue of the Court Cues has been postponed due to COVID-19, but when the theatre reopens, we will be issuing our next newsletter.
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: