The theater space at Young Actors was built in the 1980s, and has been in heavy use ever since – with daily classes, rehearsals, and performances. Our iconic, gray, velvety seats have seen a lot of drama – they've been repaired repeatedly and in need of replacement.
Fortunately, Tallahassee Community College has gifted us over 300 like-new chairs, to the tune of approximately $150,000! We have paid the gift forward by donating the majority of YAT’s original seats to SoMo Playhouse, a company that is owned by the Sissle family – descendants of the creator of Shuffle Along and The Chocolate Dandies on Broadway.
We need your help.
With the installation of the new chairs, we are making many necessary upgrades to the theater space, including:
Designating dedicated handicap seating space
Lighting the aisles
Carpeting the entire floor
Replacing the ceiling tiles
Updating the lighting to an LED system
Extending the tech booth across the entire balcony
Painting the entire space!
Thanks to this amazing community, we SOLD OUT the naming rights to individual chairs in the theater!
For a gift of $3,500, you can sponsor an entire row of seats – with your nameplate on the surface of both aisle chairs and will receive sponsor benefits for the 2022-2023 Season.