Past Fundraising Events
UPDATE June, 2015
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015?
In 2015 we were able to hire
theatre manager. Chrissy grew up in Kirkland Lake
and recently completed her training as a stage manager. She is at the
theatre daily to co-ordinate the ongoing daily activities of the
Theatre. Her salary is
currently covered by additional donated funds from a private sponsor.
We are also
pleased to announce that in 2015 we purchased a
state of the art Digital Movie Projector.
This is critical to our future plans for the re-opening of the LaSalle
and, with the audio system we purchased in 2014, we will now be able to
once again run movies at the LaSalle Theatre. We have recently
renovated the Projection Room with new windows, new plaster walls and
new electric heaters in anticipation of the installation of the new
projector. If all goes according to plan we hope to have the projector
and sound system installed in the May / June timeframe of 2016.
Over the course of 2015 we have continued
with necessary repairs to various components of our 1939 theatre
building. We have:
heat / telephone / internet to the original theatre
storefront for the purposes of maintaining a full time theatre
purchased and installed a
gas furnace to heat the theatre
re-wiring of one of the main electric panels to facilitate
further updating of wiring for various components in the theatre –
including the heating of some of the lobby areas with new infra red
continued with further
repairs to the theatre’s
repairs to the cast iron drains which are part of the roof
obtained an engineering opinion and plan
with respect to a proposed strengthening of the theatre’s back wall;
theatre seats (generously donated by Northern College) with
the goal of installing at least another 125 seats in the main
auditorium once structural and cosmetic repairs are finalized in the
Although the theatre auditorium was not
ready to host public performances in 2015, we undertook various
community projects. For the winter carnival of 2015, in association
with the KLDCS Drama Club, we produced “The Playwright’s Challenge”
which saw aspiring Kirkland Lake actors and playwrights write, rehearse
and perform a one act play in a 24 hour time frame. We continued our
annual tradition of "Shakespeare In the Park” with the production of
“Two Gentlemen from Verona” at the Wright-Hargreave’s Park with a cast
of Kirkland Lake talent, co-ordinated and directed by our Artistic
Director, Michael Rawley and his Artistic Associate, Shane McClurg. In
association with KLDCS drama club (supervised by one of our Board
Members, Victoria Wooldrige) we presented “The Haunted LaSalle” with
thrills and scares for young and old alike We also continued with our
annual Christmas presentation of “Scrooge”, featuring Michael and Shane
- and this year we were able to tour our production to local high
schools and to Quebec.
We have continued with our fundraising
efforts by hosting “The Toonie Challenge” / the Shakespeare in the Park
50/50 draw (to sponsor our theatrical production ambitions) / the Fed
50/50 draw (to sponsor our ongoing theatre renovations).
A particular highlight for us in 2015 was
the very generous contribution of the Kirkland Lake Arts Council who
presented a wonderful performance of “Miss Caledonia” and allowed
SaveTheLaSalle to retain proceeds of ticket sales for our ongoing
We have received a donation which has
allowed us to purchase a digital sign soon to be installed on the
LaSalle’s marquee to announce our upcoming plans and events.
OPENING OF THE THEATRE:
Although we had hoped to open the theatre
in 2015, the Board of Directors ultimately decided to err on the side of
caution by keeping the theatre auditorium closed until we can be
satisfied the theatre is once again capable of safely hosting live
events. Our final substantial project will be the strengthening of the
theatre’s back wall, which we estimate will cost approximately
$50,000.00 for labour and materials. Once that project is complete we
anticipate we will be able to allow the public full access to the stage
Since starting on our voyage to bring the
LaSalle back to life we have raised approximately $125,000.00 through
donations and fundraising activities.
To the end of 2015 we have spent approximately $100,000.00 on
major repairs – mostly to structural elements of the building.
The balance of the funds raised go to
funding utilities, taxes and insurance.
To date we have managed all of our
activities through donations from individuals; donations from numerous
community organizations; donations and loans from our Board of Directors
– and proceeds from our events and our fundraising programs.
We continue to remain hopeful that we will
eventually qualify for public funding. We are very fortunate that our
Artistic Staff has been able to continue to donate their time to the
presentation of our ongoing theatrical productions.
REMEMBER: If you can help us with a
donation to meet the balance of our restoration and production efforts
you can donate through the PayPal button on our webpage at www.savethelasalle.com - or you can mail a cheque to:
SaveTheLasalle, 183 Main Street North, Markham, ON, L3P 1Y2
What's playing next at the LaSalle?
Shakespere in the Park 2016