Mayor John Dooley and local businessman Tony Maglio purchased seats as part of the Capitol Theatre’s fundraiser for their upcoming season.

Generations of support for Capitol City Theatre

Nelson's Capitol Theatre kicks off its fundraiser for a new season.

Donations are pouring in for the Capitol Theatre’s latest fundraising initiative, which will support the new season starting on September 2.

“We have exciting shows coming. We’ve bought new equipment, lighting and sound, and we have a couple of companies who will take full advantage of our new technical equipment,” said Stephanie Fischer, executive director of the Capitol. “Getting these sponsorships enhances our season.”

Community members have been invited to purchase a seat at $100 a pop. The donation will land supporters’ names on a plaque at the back of the theatre. Of the 426 available seats, they have sold approximately 80.

In some instances, multiple generations have donated.

“We’ve got three generations of a family who have all purchased seats here,” said Heather Haake, chair of the fundraising committee.

“Daisy Lee and her parents and kids are all on here,” she said, pointing out their names to the  Star. “We’re going to hit up Jesse Lee, the bass player. If we could get him to buy for him and [his son] Kyran we’ll have five!”

Mayor John Dooley and former Mayor Louis Maglio’s son Tony were also on hand Tuesday afternoon. Both purchased multiple seats, and Maglio also contributed a substantial financial sum to support the Capitol Kids series.

“We bought them in our parents’ names, Louis and Laura,” said Maglio. “They were strong supporters of the Capitol Theatre and we wanted to keep their legacy going.”

Maglio said his children Megan, Brandon and Alexander have all performed in shows there, and he considers the theatre an important community asset.

“It was always in my Mom and Dad’s heart,” he said.

Dooley said he attends the Capitol regularly with his wife, and was recently wowed by the musical Chicago.

“I was surprised by the level of talent we could collect in our community. I wasn’t surprised at the calibre, but I was surprised by the number of people who were available and the professional qualities they had on stage.”

He said the Capitol is a significant highlight of Nelson.

“When Tony’s Dad was mayor, he felt a similar connection to the Capitol. It’s not only an asset for his family to enjoy. It’s got a terrific vibe about it, it’s built a great reputation over the years that a lot of young people come here to develop their skills,” said Dooley.

To make a donation or to purchase a seat, contact the Capitol Theatre at 250-352-6363.

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