Sponsor a Chair, Leave a Legacy!
North Texas Performing Arts is excited to announce a fundraising campaign to replace the seating in the Rodenbaugh Theatre at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts in Plano. We need your help to raise $50,000 by November 4, so we can have our new chairs and carpet installed by January 2024!
Leave your legacy at NTPA by featuring your family, child, show or business on the name plate of your sponsored chair!
The History of the Red Chairs
NTPA’s iconic and beloved red chairs have been providing audiences comfort for over four decades! Originally installed in a Lake Highlands High School Auditorium in the ’80s, these seats were later purchased by NTPA in 2013, then known as the Plano Children’s Theatre.
In PCT’s 15th & Custer location, actors performed on a cement stage with no microphones, and the seats were hard, wooden pews purchased from an area church a decade earlier. Thanks to the efforts of Board Member Bob Morgan with support from then Executive Director Sara Akers, and Board President Darrell Rodenbaugh, NTPA acquired almost 300 of these plush red seats for installation. The upgraded “Mainstage Theatre” offered raised seating for 160 audience members.
A year later, the remaining seats were installed in the location’s “Black Box Theatre” by Deb and Tom Dobozy and Rodenbaugh’s Champion Fire & Security team, replacing un-cushioned wooden benches. These same seats came together on the raised seating structure in the Rodenbaugh Theatre built and installed by the dedicated “Team of Steel” volunteers at the Willow Bend Center of the Arts (see plaques for full list of names) in 2017.
New year, New look!
We are looking forward to our theatre makeover with new chairs and new carpet! Our new chairs will provide added comfort and durability for our theatre families and patrons with less upkeep for our management team. More details about our new chairs will be announced soon!
Chair Sponsorship Details
- Levels from $300-$1500
- Choose your preferred chair from our seating chart when purchasing! Placement on a first come, first selection basis.
- Name plate on your chair with your selected text (up to 2 rows, 25 characters each). Honor a family, child, show, or business!
- Recognition on name plate while NTPA is at Willow Bend (projected at least 10+ years!)
- Recognition in Plano playbills for 1 year
- VIP access to Chair Launch Party
- EARLY BIRD BENEFIT – Purchase a Donor ($500) level or higher chair by June 30 to receive 10 free youth theatre tickets!
Please Note: Exact chair placement may vary slightly based on chair size and installation. Name plate text is subject to approval by management. Accessible seating will have plaques installed on the wall just behind the open wheelchair space. Name plate will remain on the chair for the duration of its life at NTPA, guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years. Each chair sponsorship over $500 purchased by 6/30/23 will include a unique comp code good for 10 free tickets to any youth theatre show through June 30, 2024. Seating in sponsored chairs is not exclusive or guaranteed.