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
The success on the stage seems to be unstoppable and we are extremely proud to say that with the end of Once we have had five consecutive shows that have been completely sold out. A record. The joy and escapism we find at The Court seems to be an insulating bubble in this rather depressing and troubling world. Covid, floods, shootings and hardship for so many.
I’m really thrilled to share with you the great news that Tony Feaver is the new Chair of the Trust Board. He has been part of the Friends Committee since 2018 so will be a true advocate for us. Steven van der Pol’s tenure as the chair ceased in May but he will remain as part of the Board for a little longer to help with the new build.
I discovered lately that the lyrics for Moana Jr, Hamilton and The Heights were all written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. So, following the excitement of the fabulous show Moana Jr at the Court and the constant singing of the song “You’re welcome” by my small grandchildren, I decided to branch out and see the new film The Heights. Unfortunately
rap was not to my husband’s taste and it wasn’t until we attended the far more traditional opera The Marriage of Figaro the following night that all was forgiven. It did make me reflect just how lucky we are in Christchurch to have so much world class entertainment so readily available. We really are spoilt for choice although I dare not speak of it to family members living in Sydney and Hong Kong who are really doing it hard.
The winter is slowly passing and I’m busy pruning my roses in anticipation of your visit here when they are in full bloom and its wonderful summer again.
Chair, Friends of The Court Theatre
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: