Gala 2024

A Night of Celebration and Support

Friday, June 14, 5:30pm

Join us to show your support for the remarkable work happening at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Centered around a performance of the iconic West Side Story, we will welcome you before the performance for drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres. Once the curtain comes down, the party that follows is an amazing opportunity to meet and mingle with the cast, crew, creatives and administrators that make this amazing engine run each summer. We also want to take the opportunity to thank you for your loyal support.

Guests will enjoy a catered evening with food and drink. There will also be special performances by some of our leading performers, previewing a few highlights from the season ahead.

All proceeds raised at the Annual Fundraising Gala support the Mac-Haydn’s theatrical programming.


No Better Way To Support

“It’s my favorite time of year! The annual gala is a special night for the Mac-Haydn, we not only raise funds vital for our operations, but it’s a night when our patrons can connect one-on-one with our cast and staff. If you were already thinking of supporting Mac-Haydn, I can think of no better way! I urge you to come and meet the remarkable artists coming to our stage this season.”

Paul Colarusso
Board President


The Silent Auction

Our Annual Gala will once again include a silent auction and this year we have been gifted some exceptional items that we really wanted to share with you in advance.

These include the opportunity to appear on the Mac-Haydn stage in a production, a photo shoot with an internationally renowned portrait artist, a luxury golf and dining experience with the Managing Director James Rodgers, and a fine dining experience with Producing Artistic Director John Saunders!

Learn more about these incredible items andeven make an advanced or absentee bid!



The Importance of the Mission.

“The Mac-Haydn Theatre has been an important part of the cultural fabric of Columbia County and the greater Capital Region for over 50 years. Tens of thousands of patrons pass through our doors every summer, a testament to the impact and importance of our mission: to produce professional theater where aspiring performers, creatives and technicians can hone their craft alongside both established professionals and local talent.

As a board member and Chair of the Development Committee, I am tasked with raising funds to support that mission. Our Annual Gala is an important and fun way in which you can help. Even if you can’t attend, a tax-deductible contribution to the event would help us continue our mission of producing outstanding theater! In the meantime I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your past support. We couldn’t do it without you!”

Brian Wagner
Develoment Committee Chair

Some Moments From Previous Galas

Event Photos by J.D. Urban Photography
Tech Workshop Campaign

Now that the new seats are in, which we can’t wait to show you, it’s time for another upgrade.

We are so proud to announce that a brand new Technical Workshop is in development, has received approval by the local authorities, and will be ready for our team to work in this season!

See The Plans and Get A Glimpse Of The New Workshop

This has been a long time coming and we are so delighted to be able to provide this facility for our extremely hard working Technicians. This much-needed upgrade will provide a safer and more expansive work environment for our team to conceptualize, build and dress the set and design elements that appear on our stage. It also gives us some much needed additional storage space for the sets while they are under construction.

Given the massive contribution this department makes to the quality of our work, we wanted to give you the opportunity to show your appreciation by contributing to the completion of this new facility. Believe us when we tell you, Technical Director Kevin Gleason and his team will appreciate it!

If you have ever seen a show at the Mac-Haydn, you have seen the incredible contribution our tech team makes. If you have ever worked at the Mac-Haydn, you know just how important this Technical Workshop is and how it will help make our team more effective.

Contribute in any way that you can to our Tech Workshop Campaign and know that you played a part in maintaining the ongoing upward trajectory of the work at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.


Join The Backup Crew


Give a gift of $250 or more and become part of our “Backup Crew”. This gives you the opportunity to put your name on the new building, alongside the other proud supporters who helped make it happen.

Your “Backer’s Stamp” can be named for:

  • An individual, couple, or family.
  • A family member, friend or colleague.
  • The memory of a loved one.
  • A business or organization.

We know you will be as excited as we are about this amazing step forward for the theatre and hope you will back this significant undertaking.

See The Plans and Get A Glimpse Of The New Workshop



All Contributions Carry Benefits!


Hammer and Nails Supporter ($1+)

  • Named on the Campaign Website Page.
  • Invited to tour the workshop space once complete.

Backup Crew ($250+)

  • Named on the Backup Crew Wall.
  • Named on the Campaign Website Page.
  • Invited to tour the workshop space once complete.

Load In Team ($2,000+)

  • Acknowledged at ONE mainstage show in our season as a Tech Workshop Campaign lead backer.
  • Named on the Backup Crew Wall.
  • Named on the Campaign Website Page.
  • Invited to tour the workshop space once complete.

Run Crew ($5,000+)

  • Acknowledged at ALL mainstage shows in our season as a Tech Workshop Campaign lead backer.
  • Named on the Backup Crew Wall.
  • Named on the Campaign Website Page.
  • Invited to tour the workshop space once complete.

Workshop Naming Rights ($25,000+)

  • Given the right to name the Tech Workshop for 10 seasons
  • Acknowledged at ALL mainstage shows in our season as a Tech Workshop Campaign lead backer.
  • Named on the Backup Crew Wall.
  • Named on the Campaign Website Page.
  • Invited to tour the workshop space once complete.
  • If you are interested in making a Naming Rights contribution, please email: jrodgers@machaydntheatre.org