The theater at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School (CHUMS) is getting new seats this summer. In an effort to raise funds to help pay for the project, Performing Arts Manager Amy Frank created the ‘Take A Seat’ campaign.
The campaign provides an opportunity for individuals or businesses to “buy” a theater seat(s) and be recognized with a customized plaque placed on the new seat. Frank recently announced the Bank of Sun Prairie will match all donations to the ‘Take A Seat’ campaign, from now until August 31st.
“The Bank of Sun Prairie is committed to serving our community by delivering financial services that enrich the lives of those connected to us,” said Jimmy Kauffman, President and CEO. “We are thrilled to join this effort to improve the Cardinal Heights Theater by matching all donations made from now until the end of August.”
“Anyone who has been in the CHUMS theater recently, knows the need for new seating,” said Frank. “The auditorium will be reseated with new, more comfortable chairs spaced farther apart for increased leg room. The modernized seating plan will include better sight lines, aisle lights and handrails for safety, and wheelchair accessible seating areas.”
The new seating is the final phase of a three-year-long renovation of the space, which includes updating the lighting, rigging, and sound systems, and installing new curtains as well as the new seats.
The goal of the ‘Take A Seat’ campaign is to raise $20,000 to complete the seating project (SPASD capital maintenance funds will cover the remainder of the costs). More importantly, the seat campaign gives residents and businesses an opportunity to be involved.
“We’ve already received roughly 75 donations from people with varying connections to the theater,” Frank said. “Some are recognizing recent graduates, honoring friends and family, or remembering alumni. Some are buying one seat for each member of their family. Some want their own name included and some are anonymous. It’s been heartwarming and humbling to see how the affection the community for this auditorium.”
Additional details on giving are available online at SPperformingarts.org or by calling 608-834-6775. Order forms are available at the Sun Prairie High School Main Office or Bank of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie locations. Donations can also be made online at SPperformingarts.org or by calling 608-834-6775.
Located in Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, the Cardinal Heights Theater is a 500 seat theater, operated by the Sun Prairie Area School District. The theatre provides a space for school music concerts and drama productions, as well as, for Sun Prairie Civic Theatre productions and other local organizations.
The performing arts at Sun Prairie Schools offers everyone the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.