Mott Playhouse theater updates seating

As the Mott Playhouse Theater prepares to replace the seating within the theater, they have started a creative fundraising campaign that lets you leave a lasting impression on the theater’s reconstruction.

Theater Seats

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

As the Mott Playhouse Theater prepares to replace the seating within the theater, they have started a creative fundraising campaign that lets you leave a lasting impression on the theater’s reconstruction.

The board recently passed an initiative to raise money by allowing community members who donate money to put their names on the new seats.

At a suggested donation of $100, the potential donor can get something custom embroidered on a headrest cover that will be placed on a seat in the theater.

At this point Playhouse Theater Manager Deb Marthaller said they are limiting the opportunities to 150 seats, because she said they still aren’t sure what the final seat count will be when the new chairs are finally in place.

According to Marthaller, the new seats are wider and taller than the older one they are replacing. Essentially each row will lose one seat and Marthaller is thinking the final count will be between 150 and 200. Which makes this fundraising campaign that much more special.

The cover with the embroidery will sit facing out from the seat, and because you have a name on a seat, doesn’t mean you will be the owner of that seat.

It’s a dilemma that they faced when deciding whether or not to offer this opportunity to the theater’s patrons.

An interesting solution to this problem lies with how the actual cover is fastened to the seat. Holding it to the seat will be velcro, which essentially makes the pieces mobile. Interesting enough Marthaller suggested that you could see your name get placed from seat to seat.

Marthaller wanted the community to know that you aren’t purchasing ‘your seat,’ but you are in fact being given a recognition of your donation towards the theater.

The new seats have actually arrived in Mott, and the process has begun to swap out the old for the new.

Donna and Terry Laufer of Laufer trucking were kind enough to donate their time and equipment; heading west they went all the way to Wisconsin and back to transport the new seating.

The Mott/Regent FFA members have started pulling out the old ones. Starting on the north side they will move to the south side of the building. This way the middle section of the seating will still be in place for use and Marthaller said the theater will have a seating capacity of 150 during this transition time. The old seats are up for grabs at no cost.

“We’re giving them (old seats) away, but we will never turn down a donation,” Marthaller said.

Right now the theater has received about $4,000 in donations that includes a $2,000 donation by Brad Greff. The seat cover fundraiser will run indefinitely said Marthaller. She already has had interest in the campaign from community members but didn’t have an exact number. Though she expects interest to slow down as time goes on, she hopes that it can be a tool to utilize as babies are born, and when people want to memorialize lost loved ones.

If you are interested in seat naming contact Marthaller, another board member or just call the theater for more information.

The overall cost of the project is unknown at this point, but Marthaller said along with the new seats they want to make repairs and improvements to the floor as long as the seats are being replaced.

Another fundraiser will be held on Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Playhouse theater. It is going to be a dinner and a movie featuring the film Wooly Boys with tacos-in-a-bag being served. A free will offering will be taken.

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