Birmingham Hippodrome says a big thank you! – £1m raised

Work on the new stage...

Work on the new stage…

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we want to say a great big thank you to everyone who has helped us by donating and fundraising towards the successful completion of our Stage Appeal having raised the target of £1m towards the extensive refurbishments costing over £2m. Many people forget that we are an independent, not-for-profit registered charity (No. 510842) and without your generous support this would not have been possible.

Our 30-year old stage was completely replaced, over 500 light-fittings were upgraded to LED, the orchestra pit was refurbished, and the entrance foyer was remodelled with a new box office, cloakroom, digital signage and new heat-efficient front doors – a very busy four weeks indeed!

We also owe a great deal of thanks to Grant-making Trusts and Foundations who contributed over two-thirds of the funds with significant generous donations from the

Laying the boards...

Laying the boards…

Monument Trust (part of the Sainsbury Family Trusts), the Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation and The JP Getty Jr Charitable Trust.  Twenty-one further local trusts also went the extra mile in helping us achieve these vital refurbishments in order for us to remain a stage for the best in the world.

Funds were also raised from the corporate sector, including donations at special events and gala dinners, totalling just over £165,000.

Donations from you, our loyal members of the audience, and local community organisations now exceed £173,000 but there is still time for anyone wishing to make a last minute contribution to the total project costs before the end of January 2013, just give us a call on 0844 338 5000.

Once again, THANK YOU from everyone at the theatre – here’s to the next 30 years!

Photo credit – Martin Pickard

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Business takes to the Dirty Dancefloor in Support of Stage Appeal

Corporate Development Manager, Judith Greenburgh (@hippmuminbrum) talks about raising money for the Stage Appeal through dance…

Judith Greenburgh

Judith Greenburgh

Here at Birmingham Hippodrome we are very fortunate in terms of the high level of support and goodwill we receive from the city and region’s corporate sector. This month was no exception as together with Hippodrome Trustees, 20 willing participants signed up for a Dirty Dancing Master Class raising £2,500 towards the £1 million Stage Appeal.

Taking place in one of our dance studios, the three hour workshop was led by former West End performers Shona Lindsay and Steven Pritchett who put the team through a vocal warm up, song, choreography and dialogue training to produce two of the classic scenes from the iconic show. 

Casting saw BBC’s Joanne Malin in the role of Baby learning the mambo, with the immortal lines ‘No-one puts Baby in the corner’ uttered by Ben Lawrance of Baker Tilly.  Chris Loughran, Deloitte, was a masterful Dr Jake Houseman and Lloyds’ Andrew Connors played Kellerman’s rogue waiter, Robbie.

Workshop Participants

Workshop Participants

I’m delighted that the Corporate Dirty Dancing Master Class was such a success.  It was fantastic to see what can be achieved in such a short space of time under the guidance of workshop leader Shona Lindsay.  The Birmingham business community certainly has hidden theatrical talent.  Everyone was sporting, whether singing, dancing or acting and we have raised a terrific sum of money towards the £1 million Stage Appeal at the same time.

 You can see a great short video taken at the Master class HERE.

Such was the positive feedback from the Master Class participants that the Development team is considering planning future corporate workshops in 2013.  If you and your business would like to take up one of the more unusual network challenges you are likely to be presented with, team-build or simply raise funds for the theatre, make sure you keep you an eye out in our mailings for details of the next event!

See you all soon, Judith.