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ENCORE! council Usher log-in
If you’ve ever shopped at Santa’s Bag or gotten a helping hand finding your seat from a friendly usher, then you have met ENCORE!, one of the most active volunteer organizations in the local arts community. ENCORE! is comprised of more than 250 individuals of all ages and backgrounds who play a vital role in the theatre’s success. In addition to ushering at performances, ENCORE! coordinates Santa’s Bag, one of our largest annual fundraising and charity events. They also plan and host Children’s Theatre’s annual gala, Celebrate!, our annual Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament and the Brunch and Auction.

ENCORE! members enjoy special benefits, too, like priority processing for tickets and classes (see full list of benefits and requirements below).

ENCORE! membership benefits
  • Meet and work with other volunteers with common interests.
  • Receive vouchers good for 4 tickets to any performance in the 2017-2018 season.
  • Opportunity to register for education classes and summer camps prior to the general public.
  • Private shopping hours for Santa’s Bag.
  • Invitations to the following social events:
    • Santa’s Bag
    • Brunch and Auction
    • Celebrate! – Children’s Theatre of Charlotte gala
    • Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament
    • Other social events during the season
  • Opportunity to work with one of the most successful and fun arts organizations in our community!
Membership requirements
  • Pay dues of $60
  • Work as an active member on at least one of 11 committees (see below)
  • Usher three times during the year. Ushering involves arriving one hour prior to a performance, taking tickets as the audience enters the theatre, directing the audience to their seats and remaining in the theatre for the entirety of the performance. An ushering shift averages three to four hours. Members receive a one ticket voucher for every 3 Usher shifts they work.
  • Work one three-hour shift as a Santa’s Bag elf. This is a great way to meet new people while learning about ENCORE!’s oldest and dearest tradition, Santa’s Bag
President: Sallie Beason
President-Elect: Nichelle Weintraub
Past President: Michele Mangan
Secretary: Nichelle Weintraub
Advisory Council Chair: Sherese Smith

Children’s Art
Emily Kennedy

Life Member Liaisons
Kate Buckfelder
Beth Gage
Cookie Parnell

Mary Margaret Porter
Emily Agnew

Florence Kim
Kristine Wahr

Patrons’ Party
Amber Jenkins
Brooke Koppang

Tammy Jones
April Whitlock

Tennis Tournament
Florence Kim

Whitney Bouknight
Marti Head

2017 Santa’s Bag Coordinator
Kerri Porter

2018 Santa’s Bag Coordinator
Sally Fochtmann
Santa’s Bag Finance
Amy Franklin

Santa/Daycare Scheduling
Marsha Thrasher
Sarah Ryan

Elf Committee
Mary Ellen McElroy
Tina Apostolopoulos
Marcie Haines

Jenny Merlo
Dorothy Smith

Gift Buyer
Caryn Craig

Ashley Smith
LeAnn Sommerkamp

ENCORE! Boutique
Catherine Hensley
Sharon Ferris

Katharine Cowan

Leesa Clardy

Show Your Support!

Make a Donation Individual Giving Join the Jester Society Join ENCORE! Corporate Giving

For questions about individual or corporate giving, please contact:
Cherise Clark, Associate Director of Advancement

For questions about ENCORE!, please contact:
Vicki Beachum, Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Get Involved!

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Dee Salts, Box Office Manager


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Louise Lawson, Front-of-House Coordinator

Public Records

2016-17 Annual Report (PDF)
IRS Form 990 (PDF)