For quite some time, many patrons have expressed their desire for improved seating in the Katherine Randolph Theater. Sixteen years ago, when the Bremer conference center was renovated, DACC donated their old seats to the Red Mask Players. We had them reupholstered, and they were an improvement from the seats we replaced, but they were of the same design and prone to the same faults. Time has taken its toll, and replacing the theater seats has become a priority for the Red Mask Board and the patrons we strive to represent...
The single largest obstacle to replacing the seating is, of course, cost. Through the diligent efforts of Board Members Sue Richter and Sue Harden, and longtime member Kenny Harden, a new chair for replacing the traditional theater seating has been identified. This seat offers a wider seat width and increased depth, with no springs or mechanism to malfunction. Two seats were ordered and tested by Board members and cast members of "Zara." Based on this trial, the Board of Directors has committed to replacing the seats over the summer of 2013.
In addition to the benefits of the new seat design and construction, the new chairs are also considerably less expensive than a traditional theater seat. Traditional theater seating costs start at $250 each, while the chair we have selected costs less than $50 a seat!
We hope that each and every patron who has enjoyed a performance while seated in one of our less than comfortable theater seats will assist in making this improvement by donating the cost of a chair -- just $45 will cover the complete cost of one seat and its installation. These donations will have an immediate positive impact for each and every patron, while helping the organization maintain operating funds to go toward building maintenance and production costs, and allow us to keep a healthy budget for the future needs of our organization. All donations are tax deductible. Please make your check out to: The Red Mask Players, Inc., and note "Seating" on the memo line.
The Red Mask organization has made several improvements to the theater, and we continue to look for ways to maintain our classic home and the integrity of our productions while improving the comfort of our patrons. Some of these improvements take place behind the scenes and may not always be apparent to audience members. The new seating, however, is an improvement which will take center stage, making your experience at Red Mask Player's productions more comfortable and enjoyable for years to come.
Thank you for your consideration.
Ed DeVore, President
Mail donations to:
The Red Mask Players, Inc.
PO Box 814
Danville, IL 61834-0814