Newhall Family Theatre looking to appoint members to Foundation Board  

The Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts. Signal file photo.

As the Newhall School District completes renovations to the Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts, officials are beginning to form the Board of Directors for the theater’s nonprofit foundation.

Tentatively named the Raising the Curtain Foundation, the nonprofit will help raise funds for the district’s newly renovated theatre and support the programming of the theater’s events.

“It’s really going to support the different types of programming we can bring to the theater and help staff those events, as well as fundraising to help support those events and programs,” Newhall Family Theatre for the Performing Arts Manager Thomas Lund told The Signal in January.

For about one month, the Newhall Family Theatre opened applications for the Board of Directors.  During this time, the theater received 25 applicant responses to its candidate questionnaire.

These responses were then reviewed by a selection committee that then chose 11 potential members for the foundation’s Board of Directors.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Newhall School District Governing Board, board members and Lund will discuss the application and appointment, and will determine how to select the final foundation board members.

“We are just reviewing them,” Governing Board President Philip Ellis said. “I went through the whole list of the nine they’re recommending. They’re all wonderful people and would be a benefit to working with that theater.”

The theater is expected to install seven to nine people to the foundation Board of Directors who have experience with nonprofit organizations, small businesses, public education and/or the entertainment industry, according to officials.

City Partnership

The Governing Board is also expected to approve of a final agreement, or a Memorandum of Understanding, with the city of Santa Clarita that would allow the city to utilize the theatre’s facilities in the future.

In addition to using the Newhall Family Theatre, the city is also expected to act as a liaison with the community, help market events at the theatre and schedule civic functions at the theatre, according to the agreement.

The city is also expected to contribute $75,000 to the theatre to assist the Newhall District in operating and maintaining the Newhall Family Theatre’s facilities.

If the Governing Board approves the agreement, the city will then present it to the City Council for final approval.

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