Fundraising fun in final prep for Gala night…

As The Lion King roars in to town, the Development Team have been preparing for a blockbuster fundraising event.  Tomorrow will see the second of three Galas for 2013, in which 160 key business names within the city will gather for an evening of entertainment in support of raising funds for the theatre’s Creative Programmes.  Judith, Rosie and Eve from Development Team reveal the work behind the scenes ahead of the big evening…

Judith (@Hippmuminbrum):  It’s amazing to think that planning for this event began around 12 months ago!  With such big shows coming to the Hippodrome like Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and War Horse, it made sense to arrange three big events to work alongside…and so our 2013 Gala events were born.  We’re delighted that the business sector has been so supportive – tables for all three events sold very quickly indeed.  The final few weeks and days prior to tomorrow’s event has been about ensuring our Ts and crossed and Is are dotted and that we do offer our guests world class service in every respect.

Rosie:  For an event of this scale it’s important that we work closely with the Hospitality, Technical and Front of House teams so that everyone knows exactly what is required of them.  Yesterday we met for a briefing session to ‘walk through’ the evening; discussing everything from the welcome team, to coat rails and background music to the best route to the auditorium.  It’s so important to have this briefing because questions always arise and unlike a show, these events have no dress rehearsal!

Eve (@eveie383):  As Rosie said, it really is a team event and for this Gala the team extends further than the Hippodrome.  For several months, students from Birmingham City University have been creating a film to present at the Gala evening which shows the breadth of activity that takes place within the Hippodrome’s Creative Programmes team.  The purpose of the evening is to raise money for this area of our work and we hope that the hard work that has gone into both the preparation of this film and the event itself will ensure our guests have a truly wonderful evening and help us achieve our fundraising target of £10,000.

For more information on corporate and individual support and events such as the Gala Dinner click here.

Gala raises funds for Creative Learning Programme…

The Excitement is building here at Birmingham Hippodrome in anticipation of the theatre’s second Fundraising Gala Dinner this year!

The Development team and evening sponsor Hotel La Tour are looking forward to welcoming 160 top names from the business community to the event on Wednesday 3 July.   Following the success of The Phantom of the Opera dinner in March, our wonderful technical colleagues are itching to work their trademark magic on the Patrick Centre once again.   Guests will enjoy a 3-course seated dinner prepared by Birmingham Hippodrome’s Head Chef Chris Bratt-Rose and his team followed by a performance of Disney’s award-winning, global hit show The Lion King.

Proceeds from the event will support the theatre’s Creative Learning Programme, under recently appointed Director, Paul Kaynes.  His team incorporates the Hippodrome’s extensive Education and Access work; our access services and assisted performances for disabled patrons; workshops in schools; and theatre experiences for disadvantaged community groups across the city.

For more info and to read the full story click here.

Backstage reveals and Gala meals…

Eve Smith (Individual Giving Manager) writes…

As we focus our attention on the new brochure and the fantastic shows that will be gracing the stage over the coming months, our closest supporters in the Patrons scheme have even more to look forward to (and I must admit even I’m a bit jealous!)  Their latest copy of the brochure was accompanied by invitations to two exclusive upcoming events…

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner

The first kicks off in June, where following we’ll be going backstage on the final day of Hairspray to see the set, props and all those wigs!! After a good look around, our very own Education and Audience Development Manager, Liz Leck will take guests on a whistlestop journey through the theatre’s history – from opening in 1899 to present day.

Our second event for Patrons is still a good few months away but is already building momentum and an envious buzz.  In October, during the run of our third major production of 2013, War Horse, we will be hosting the third and final Gala Dinner of the year to help raise money for our Education and Access programme. The evening includes a drinks reception, delicious three-course dinner and premium tickets to see War Horse.

Keep your eyes on the blog for our special event reviews, news and photos.  To  experience the backstage glimpses and glamour for yourself and play a vital role in keeping your local theatre alive by becoming a Patron please feel free to get in touch with me on 0121 689 3067 / evesmith@birminghamhippodrome.com