Fine arts patrons encouraged to

Fall 2013

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Patrons of the fine arts are invited to participate in the remodeling of the Weitzenhoffer Theatre by purchasing a chair with their names or the names of their beneficiaries, inscribed on the armrests. In addition to the new crimson chairs, the theatre will receive a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting.

Patrons of the fine arts are invited to participate in the remodeling of the Weitzenhoffer Theatre by purchasing a chair with their names or the names of their beneficiaries, inscribed on the armrests. In addition to the new crimson chairs, the theatre will receive a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting.

The University of Oklahoma’s Performing Arts Center is inviting patrons to take a seat in the soon-to-be upgraded Weitzenhoffer Theatre. In order to enhance patrons’ viewing experience, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts is installing all new chairs to replace the ones that have served audiences faithfully for nearly 20 years.

During the “Grab a Chair, Sit a Spell” fundraising campaign, patrons are encouraged to sponsor one of the new chairs. Donors will have their names, or the names of their beneficiaries, inscribed on the armrests.

“It makes a great gift,” said Lee Ann DeArman, Fine Arts development officer. “If you’ve always wanted your name in lights, why not put it on a chair instead?”

OU President David L. Boren and the college dean’s office have provided the money for new chairs in the back and along the sides of the theatre. The ongoing campaign will raise money to replace the center seats, “the best ones in the house,” says DeArman.

In addition to offering more comfortable seating, the new chairs are also appropriately color-coded, replacing the faded beige seats with a vibrant Sooner crimson. Approximately 100 seats are still available for sponsorship. Patrons can choose to fund a single chair for $500, a pair of chairs for $800, or a row of 14 chairs for $6,000. A plaque will be added to the Weitzenhoffer Lobby to recognize anyone who was honored or memorialized during the original chair campaign, when the theatre first opened.

In addition to the new chairs, the Weitzenhoffer’s makeover will include a fresh paint job and new carpeting. For more information on how to sponsor a seat for Grab a Chair, Sit a Spell, contact DeArman at ladb@ou.edu or (405) 325-7376.