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
Wow! . . . . . . just . . . WOW!
This was the heading for Theatreview’s review after the opening night of Jersey Boys. It went on to say, “The depth of talent on the Court Theatre stage is simply astonishing. Who needs Broadway or The West End?” What a thrilling start to our new season.
The Court is back.
But that’s not the only “wow” in this festive season. At the end of November, we revealed the concept plans for our new theatre. The overall concept has been released in the media, and construction will begin in February 2022. The new theatre is most impressive, incorporating some exciting features. For example, the new auditorium will have three tiers of seating wrapping around the front of the stage, with the option to remove rows of seats to further extend the stage right into the audience. The Education Room at the back of the building faces north and opens out to the internal courtyard area. There are lots more fabulous details, but this is just a sneak peek to whet your appetite.
For those of you who are ushers, we have clarified the confusion over vouchers and complimentary tickets. We have drawn up a document that delineates the allocation of vouchers and this will be pinned up on the notice board in the usher’s corner. The theatre management, as a way of showing their gratitude, have generously offered ushers the staff discount on drinks from the bar.
Planning for our 50th anniversary continues. The Supporters’ event on Sunday 25 April (Anzac day) will include entertainment, cake cutting and the launch of our new name, Friends of The Court Theatre. You will be entertained in a debate by theatre personalities old and new arguing the pros and cons of some contentious and humorous moots! As Supporters and the backbone of The Court Theatre, I hope you will come and celebrate the occasion with us. Make sure you save the date in your diaries.
It seems after a rather extraordinary year with a pretty grim outlook, we have thankfully moved on and into the festive season with burgeoning success on the stage, a new theatre launched, boundless optimism and much Christmas cheer.
I hope this finds you in good spirits preparing for Christmas and some wonderful summer holidays.
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 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
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 on Tuesday 2 February at 6:30pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place - tickets cost $50.
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: