Fundraising appeal for Lawson Field Theatre

NEW MISSION: War Memorial Theatre Trust members (standing) Rehette Stoltz, Tony Field and Cherie Mirko, with (front) Anne Muir, Pat Seymour, Gavin Maclean and Bronwen Holdsworth, hold invitations to a fundraising launch for earthquake strengthening and upgrades to the Lawson Field Theatre. Two changes have been made to the trust. John Logan and Tina Karaitiana have stepped down while Tony Field, nephew to Lawson Field, and Cherie Mirko have joined. Picture by Paul Rickard

A FUNDRAISING programme for the upgrade of Lawson Field Theatre will be launched at the War Memorial Theatre on February 21.

Tasked with fundraising for the War Memorial Theatre rebuild, the War Memorial Theatre Trust has broadened its brief and is about to stage a fundraising effort that will contribute to earthquake strengthening and improving the multi-purpose Lawson Field Theatre.

Along with earthquake strengthening, facility improvements to the theatre include new cladding to make the design compatible with the new council building, upgrades to the roof and drainage, and construction of a firewall with the neighbouring building. Theatre seating and access will be improved, as will the theatre system.

The veranda along the riverfront side of the building will have full-width steps built to access the Marina Park lawn.

The theatre’s auditorium will have two aisles installed, one through the middle of the seating area and the other stage left. Backstage facilities are also in for a substantial upgrade, said trust chairwoman Pat Seymour.

“Lawson Field is used by so many community groups. It’s more than a theatre. We know from personal experience a wide range of people use the facility.”

With $3.1 million in projected costs, the council has dedicated $1.1m to the theatre’s upgrade. The Lotteries Commission has granted $350,000 and the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Health has granted $417,000 for earthquake strengthening.

The War Memorial Theatre Trust has committed to raising $1.2m for the upgrade and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the council. The trust has applied to ECT for funding and plans to contact private donors. The sale of plaques fixed to seats in the War Memorial Theatre auditorium was a success and plaques are available at $200 each for Lawson Field Theatre seats.

The launch on February 21 is to kick off private fundraising for the Lawson Field Theatre upgrade. Invitations have been sent to War Memorial Theatre donors but everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will feature a concert arranged by musical director Gavin Maclean, refreshments and nibbles.

A FUNDRAISING programme for the upgrade of Lawson Field Theatre will be launched at the War Memorial Theatre on February 21.

Tasked with fundraising for the War Memorial Theatre rebuild, the War Memorial Theatre Trust has broadened its brief and is about to stage a fundraising effort that will contribute to earthquake strengthening and improving the multi-purpose Lawson Field Theatre.

Along with earthquake strengthening, facility improvements to the theatre include new cladding to make the design compatible with the new council building, upgrades to the roof and drainage, and construction of a firewall with the neighbouring building. Theatre seating and access will be improved, as will the theatre system.

The veranda along the riverfront side of the building will have full-width steps built to access the Marina Park lawn.

The theatre’s auditorium will have two aisles installed, one through the middle of the seating area and the other stage left. Backstage facilities are also in for a substantial upgrade, said trust chairwoman Pat Seymour.

“Lawson Field is used by so many community groups. It’s more than a theatre. We know from personal experience a wide range of people use the facility.”

With $3.1 million in projected costs, the council has dedicated $1.1m to the theatre’s upgrade. The Lotteries Commission has granted $350,000 and the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Health has granted $417,000 for earthquake strengthening.

The War Memorial Theatre Trust has committed to raising $1.2m for the upgrade and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the council. The trust has applied to ECT for funding and plans to contact private donors. The sale of plaques fixed to seats in the War Memorial Theatre auditorium was a success and plaques are available at $200 each for Lawson Field Theatre seats.

The launch on February 21 is to kick off private fundraising for the Lawson Field Theatre upgrade. Invitations have been sent to War Memorial Theatre donors but everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will feature a concert arranged by musical director Gavin Maclean, refreshments and nibbles.

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