The Anne Portnuff Theatre
We've reached the goal to replace the seats. We are continuing to raise funds
to replace the lights, curtains
and sound system.
We appreciate the valuable support of:
Not long after Yorkton Regional High School students and teachers left for their summer break, Good Spirit School Division staff began removing the 50-year-old seats from the iconic Anne Portnuff Theatre.
The next step is mitigation of asbestos in the theatre, a process to be completed in early September which will be followed by installation of the new seats by Logan Stevens Construction. The company was winning bidder for the project, chosen by the board of the Good Spirit School Division.
YRHS Principal Mike Haczkewicz, who is a member of the Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Committee, welcomed the upcoming installation of 724 new seats and the project completion.a
Yorkton Arts Council Administrator Tonia Vermette, a former YRHS student, also welcomed the beginning of the renovation project.
"We are very grateful to the Co-op Community Spaces Program, The Community Initiatives Fund’s Community Spaces & Places program, The Richardson Foundation as well as corporate and individual donors who helped us reach our $300,000 fundraising goal,” Vermette said.
“We are excited to have reached this goal in such a short period of time. We began the project in September of 2016. We hope to soon also reach our additional goal of $150,000 to provide new curtains, stage lights and sound system.”
The Arts Council has led a consortium of 11 community groups, The Anne Portnuff Revitalization Committee, which has supported and participated in the fundraising project. The Good Spirit School Division helped launch the revitalization effort with $54,000 raised by a per-seat levy on Portnuff Theatre performances leading up to the actual revitalization campaign.
Individual seat sponsors will receive name plates on the backs of seats. Large donors will be featured on a recognition plaque near the theatre entrance.
"We still encourage others who have not purchased a seat or made a donation to visit the Donate page on this web site, which was kindly donated by UncommonSense Business Solutions," Vermette added.
The Anne Portnuff Theatre, named in honour of a longtime school board member whose dedication to the arts led to the inclusion of a theatre when the Yorkton Regional High School was built in 1967, has been a major contributor to the cultural, educational and artistic growth of our community.
Over the past 50 years, the seats of the theatre have been filled with people taking part in and enjoying school and community musicals, plays, band concerts, dance recitals and competitions, film presentations, graduations, professional artistic events, rallies, and much more.
Those were still the original seats installed in the theatre in 1967, and 50 years later it was high time to replace them.
We have raised the $300,000 needed to replace the 724 seats in the theatre. Many individual contributors, as well as corporate supporters, have made this possible.
But there is more to be done. The curtains and much of the technical equipment is also original, and/or greatly outdated. Our goal now is to raise enough money to replace the curtains, replace the lighting system with new efficient LED lights, and to replace the sound system. The estimated cost of that is $150,000.
The Anne Portnuff Theatre Revitalization Committee needs your continued help to raise these funds for this vital community and educational facility.
Individual donations receive a plaque on the back of a seat for every $350 donated towards seats, lights, curtain and sound system. Since corporate donations are recognized separately, we have lots more room on seat backs to recognize individual donations.
Each plaque will have an inscription such as your name, family name, business name, memorial inscription, graduating class, community group... the choice is yours.
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The old seats are gone. Remediation work is taking place this summer, with installation of the new seats to take place in September. Photos courtesy Dave Langley