We're aiming to raise £75,000.00. So far we've raised £39,750.90
An integral part of Roedean
From Junior House nativity plays to whole school productions and House Dance and Drama competitions, the Performing Arts are integral to Roedean. We are proud that many ORs, have gone on to excel in careers as actors, dancers, musicians and producers to name a few. Central to this is our theatre, built in the early 1990s, through the incredibly generous support of our community. The Theatre is a space our students, staff, parents and Old Roedeanians can come together as a community. It is also an important resource to raise income, and to build links in the local community by making it available for external hire.
Time for the auditorium to be refurbished
The facilities we have are fantastic, with recent investment in our backstage area and stage lighting. We now need to update and improve our auditorium in order to ensure all our audiences and guests have an enjoyable and high quality experience whenever they use our theatre. With 30 years of almost daily use, the current seating has served us well but is extremely worn and currently many of the seats are in an unusable state of repair. We therefore want to use the opportunity provided by a quieter summer for our theatre lets to move ahead with the refurbishments. However, as you will understand, due to our reduced income over the last two years, we need our community’s support to carry out the works.
What will we do with your donation?
The School is able to fund most of the £370,000 costs, but we need your help to raise the final £75,000 to ensure that we can complete the improvements, and if we manage to raise even more, we can reallocate the School’s investment into other much needed capital projects.
We are planning to:
• Increase capacity from 320 to 355 seats.
• Improve our energy efficiency with a new LED lighting system (which will pay for itself in 7 years).
• Increase the amount of accessible seating.
• Improve the audience experience by facing 40% more seats directly towards the stage.
• Improve the acoustics by installing wooden wall panelling and replacing the metal balustrades with wooden ones.
As well as all of this, the Theatre will also receive a long overdue refurbishment with new carpets, re-painted walls and a new stage curtain.
Act I - Donations up to £200
You will be thanked in the donor list in the programme for our re-opening gala performances.
Act II - Donations from £200 - £1,000
£200 or more - You can name a seat.
£250 or more - You can add a short personal inscription, such as a favourite quote, or 'In Memorium' dedication.
£500 or more - You can name a seat, with inscription, in rows 2-4.
£1,000 or more - You can name a seat with inscription, in the front row.
Act III - Donations above £1,000
Donations above £1,000 will be included on the donor board, noting the item you have sponsored. This could be:
£3,500 - The new stage curtain
£4,000 - The accessible seating area
£10,000 - A portion of the new lighting system (or the whole system for £60,000)
Donations over £5,000 will also mean you become a member of the 1885 Society and a Friend of Roedean Theatre.
There are also naming opportunities available for larger donations, if you would like to talk further about donation options, including tax efficient giving, or for more information on the project, then please contact Grace Chaston on 01273 667398, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to the School address.
Roedean has a long history of our community generously supporting our desire to provide the best facilities possible. Your support, however large or small will help us complete the refurbishments, so we invite you to Take Your Seat!
“Putting on a performance is such a terrific team effort. I had only been at Roedean for a few weeks when I got involved in a school play. I was asked to hem the dress of the “star”! I was thrilled - it was a wonderful way of meeting girls from other houses and years - all with a common purpose. It doesn’t matter if you are acting, painting scenery, hemming costumes, or lighting the production, there is room for all skills. If you were ever involved in a production at school in any capacity please buy a seat and help to ensure that the next generation of Roedean theatrical talent has the most up to date facilities and that the brilliant Roedean theatrical tradition continues.”
Rita Skinner (Oldak, No. 3, 1958-63), Chair of the original Theatre Appeal
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