This spring, a Middlesex family, who wishes to remain anonymous, generously decided to make a milestone gift to move the Mx2 theatre project significantly closer to completion. After seeing the progress made on many other areas of the campaign, these donors wanted to make sure that the intended plans for the theatre would be realized. With their contribution, the prospect of a complete theatre renovation has become more of a reality.
This landmark donation was made possible in part by the Bass Family Challenge for the Arts, an ongoing matching challenge, established by Trustees Robert and Anne Bass P'93, which matches half of any contribution made toward the arts during the Mx2 campaign. These funds have greatly augmented several donations, including this one; the Bass Family Challenge added $1 million to the family’s $2 million contribution, securing the $3 million naming rights for the new main stage theatre.
Opportunities still remain for contributors to increase the impact of their gifts to the campaign’s theatre projects by taking advantage of Bass Family Challenge matching funds. Though only $800,000 in matching funds remains of the original $5 million, the potential effects of all matched gifts are profound. The $2.4million that would result from using the remaining matching funds would make significant progress toward creating theatre facilities that equal the strength of the program. Within the theatre building, naming opportunities are still available for the dressing rooms, orchestra pit, recording studio for student musicians and a cappella groups, black box theatre, workshop for set creation, and student art gallery.
The impact of theatre at Middlesex extends far beyond the stage. Its influence can be seen in the confidence of our sophomores after Green Rooms, the poise of prospective school presidents as they give their campaign speeches, and the passion our performers display at concerts and recitals throughout the year. The theatre projects included in this campaign will allow us to gather our entire community in a single assembly area, to create spaces that inspire and support the creativity of our student artists, and to upgrade our facilities and technology to a level commensurate with innovative work being undertaken each day.
To join us in maximizing the potential of our theatre program and realizing a renovated theatre space at Middlesex, please contact Heather Parker or George Noble in our Development Office at 978 369 5110.