Published DateMEREDITH — Thanks to broad community support, the Lakes Region will soon have a new one-of-a-kind performing arts campus.
The Winnipesuakee Playhouse is putting finishing touches on its state-of-the-art new theatre building on the site of the former Annalee Doll campus in Meredith. Performances will begin in the 200 seat venue in June. Purchase and installation of the theatre seats still remains to be accomplished before the season can open.
The Playhouse's Board of Trustees recently announced a new dimension to the Capital Campaign – Seats for Success – allowing members of the public the opportunity to sponsor a seat in the new theatre. Sponsored seats will have the name of the donor or a loved one's name engraved for posterity, demonstrating their support.
Artistic Director Neil Pankhurst says, "thanks to the dedication and hard work of our fantastic project managers at Bonnette, Page and Stone, the project is being completed on-time and on-budget. Not only that, it looks absolute fantastic and we cannot wait to begin welcoming the public. Final touches including painting and finish woodwork are happening now. We are looking forward to installing the seats. The building is coming alive."
Fund Development Chairperson Anita Springer adds, "we could not have achieved this building project without the support of so many in the community. We are particularly pleased that the Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be completing this major building project without any debt on our balance sheet. From the local businesses who donated to our campaign through the CDFA tax credits to the many individuals who contributed to ensure the success of this project, we have found wonderful support in this community for a new home for award-winning plays and excellent arts education programs. We are grateful for the number of people in this area who recognize the importance of the new theatre project and are joining in to help."
As the Capital Campaign heads towards a grand finale at the end of this summer, each new $1,000 donation to help outfit the theatre with seats will recognize the donor by engraving their name on a seat in one of New Hampshire's finest new theatres. Contributions of any size from now to the close of the campaign on Labor Day will be matched by each of two generous supporters. So for each new $1,000 donated, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will receive $3,000 towards installing the seats and completing a successful Capital Campaign for the building of the new theatre in Meredith.
To sponsor a seat or to contribute in any way, visit www.winniplayhouse.org or call (603) 366-7377.
Winnipesaukee Playhouse's new 200-seat theater will open in June. (Courtesy photo)