TNT has new matching gift for capital campaign

Site of the new Terrific New Theatre space. (Photo/Tam DeBolt)

Terrific New Theatre, renovating a downtown Birmingham building to be its new permanent home, has announced a new matching gift for its $2.3 million capital campaign.

An anonymous donor has pledged to match new donations up to $150,000.

TNT recently upped its capital campaign by about $400,000 “due to unforeseen renovation expenses and necessary additions to the construction project,” according to the theater.

About 65% of the campaign goal has been raised in donations and pledges, says Chuck Evans, president of the TNT board of trustees.

“We are so grateful to have generous donors – such as the one who has pledged this $150,000 matching gift – to help Terrific New Theatre meet this ambitious fundraising goal and reopen post-pandemic in our glorious new building, which itself was a gift of longtime supporters Louise and John Beard,” he says.

TNT, a Birmingham arts institution founded by the late Carl Stewart and Steve Stella in 1986, closed its doors at Pepper Place in July 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The theater’s board and Executive Director Tam DeBolt then began looking for a permanent new home for the theater.

In May, longtime supporters John and Louise Beard purchased a building at 2112 Fifth Ave. North and donated it to TNT.

“The capital campaign and the renovation project continue to be an amazing rollercoaster ride,” DeBolt says. “And now that construction is well underway, my excitement is through the roof! In fact, I stop by the building each weekday just to peek at the progress. And I have had a blast showing guests around, too. So, if any donors, prospective donors or friends of TNT out there would like to see what’s going on, all they have to do is let me know and I’ll arrange a tour.”

TNT recently announced it will open its new theater with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” in November and December. Auditions for that production are this weekend.

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