With the completion at the end of April of phase one of construction on its new theater in Pasadena, A Noise Within (ANW), Los Angeles’ critically acclaimed classical repertory theater company, is one step closer to realizing its longtime dream of a permanent home. The company is also now in the final “community phase” of its $13.5 million capital campaign, of which $12.4 million has been raised to date.
During the past four months alone, ANW has received a $500,000 Ralph M. Parsons Foundation grant, a $250,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant, a $50,000 Wells Fargo Foundation grant, and $425,000 from individual gifts that has been matched dollar for dollar as part of an anonymous $1 million “Patron-to-Patron” grant announced in November 2010.
A special donor program, the “$50 x 50” Coffee Club” – based on a pledge of $2,500 to be paid over an extended period at $50 for 50 months – was introduced and has already attracted 70 member pledges. Benefits include a named seat in the new theater and the eponymous “free cup of coffee” every time the patron attends an A Noise Within production.
ANW offers a final “Hard Hat Sunday” free public tour of the construction site on June 12 so community members and theater buffs alike can view progress on the exceptional new theater. The “Hard Hat Sundays” program was developed in response to overwhelming enthusiasm for the project from ANW donors, subscribers, neighbors and the community at large and have attracted large crowds monthly.
“‘Hard Hat Sundays’ is also designed to emphasize that the new theater is truly for the entire community, not just the company’s artists and current base of donors and subscribers,” note Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott. Both will be available at the final tour along with ANW board members to meet with guests on Sunday June 12 from 4 to 5 pm.
“Hard Hat Sunday” attendees at this date enjoy the added bonus of not only observing A Noise With Resident Artists informally rehearsing from the newly installed stage but also taking a turn on it themselves. Seating areas and sight lines can also be explored, and refreshments will be served. For free reservations (required), contact [email protected] or call 818-265-7959.
For more information on A Noise Within, to make a donation or for reservations for “Hard Had Sundays,” please call 818 265-7959 or visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.
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