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ASSOCIATION OF PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTERS

THE COLONIAL THEATRE

FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

GRAND THEATER/
ARTSBLOCK PROJECT

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE

LEAGUE OF HISTORIC AMERICAN THEATRES

MAUI ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
ARTS & CULTURAL DISTRICT

RUTH ECKERD HALL/
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FOUNDATION

WALTON ARTS CENTER

WOLF TRAP FOUNDATION
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The Colonial Theatre

Opening gala of the They're Playing Our Song, a benefit to restore and expand The Colonial Theatre, August 20, 2004: Howell Palmer, Former President, The Colonial Theatre Board of Trustees Chip Zien, lead actor, and Susan Pilarre, School of American Ballet Halsey and Alice North, The North Group Inc., fundraising counsel.


December 6, 2002
Dear Alice & Halsey,
Thank you so much for the great four days. You are both so wonderful and I am so fortunate to have you at my shoulder (and in some cases at my back). You are the best and I can't imagine doing this without you.

Susan Sperber (Former Executive Director)

 

 

 

The Colonial Theatre
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Built in 1903, the historic 950-seat Colonial Theatre lay hidden above a paint store from 1952 to 2001 when The Colonial Theatre Association, created to restore and operate the Colonial, bought the Theatre for $1,000,000. In 2004, the Colonial purchased the building to the north for $750,000 to provide needed space for box office, lobbies, offices, backstage wing space, dressing rooms, and loading dock. The restored Colonial is expected to jumpstart the revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.

March 2002 Board Retreat. Halsey and Alice North facilitated a 1-1⁄2-day board retreat for the Colonial to refine the Theatre's vision and mission, determine the Theatre's capital and operating needs, and prepare for the fundraising feasibility study.

Spring-Summer 2002 Fundraising feasibility study. The Norths worked with Susan Sperber, now Former Executive Director (413-297-3619, susan@palmerwestport.com), to create the case for support which highlighted:

  • the architectural importance of the Theatre
  • the economic impact the Theatre would have on downtown Pittsfield (the results of an economic impact study by the Economics Department of Williams College)
  • the need for such a year-round venue in Berkshire County

Halsey and Alice helped identify and recruit potential members of the Feasibility Study Oversight Committee and potential interviewees who might have the resources or access to the resources to help the project significantly. They conducted 46 in-depth, face-to-face confidential interviews with 54 key community leaders and produced a 97-page report and 74-page addendum giving the findings, including the interviewees' opinions about the need and desirability of restoring the Colonial, their confidence in the board and staff, their willingness to give and at what level, and their willingness to work as volunteers on the campaign. The report outlined how much the Colonial could raise and recommendations for strengthening the Theatre's fundraising capacity. The report recommended a specific campaign structure, timeline, and strategies.

2002-2003 Public meetings. Because the Colonial had been a visible project in Pittsfield for many years and needed to show progress publicly, Halsey and Alice worked with Susan to conceive and implement three public and televised meetings to discuss and plan for the future of the Colonial, involving a broad range of constituents and public officials.


The Leadership Team:
First row: Ellen Ruberto; Robert A. Wells; Nancy Fitzpatrick; Dona Beck; Lauren Glazer; Mackenziee Joseph, Former Development Manager. Second row: Susan Sperber, Former Executive Director; Angelo Stracuzzi; Howell M. Palmer; Conrad Bernier; William M. Hines, Sr.; Ruth Blodgett; J. Williar Dunlaevy. Missing from photo: Joyce S. Bernstein, Nicolas Boraski, Lisa Sayman-Butler, Lansing Crane, Bruce Evenchick, Ken Nash, Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., Lawrence Rosenthal, Gary Scarafoni, Gary Schiff, Annie Selke, Margery Steinberg, James Zilinski.

 

2002-2005 Capital and endowment campaign, including solicitor training. To help the Colonial develop is internal fundraising muscle, Halsey and Alice helped Susan create job descriptions, interview prospective staff members, and put fundraising recordkeeping systems in place. During monthly visits, among other things, the Norths helped identify potential campaign leaders and actively participated in recruiting those leaders as well as members of the Campaign Leadership Team. The Norths also helped refine the campaign structure and strategies, conceptualize and write the campaign and solicitation materials, conduct prospect research interviews, provide training for campaign volunteers, prepare requests for New Market and Historic Tax Credits, and create a compelling presentation to request $1,000,000 from the Pittsfield City Council. They assisted with the campaign for gifts from Board and former Board members, the quiet advanced component of the campaign, the Second Century Campaign for annual operating funds, and the preparations for the broad-based public phase of the campaign. The campaign goal has been set at $20,800,000 and to date, the Colonial has raised about $17,300,000 (83%) and plans are in place to raise the rest.

   

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