Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


Metropolis Performing Arts Center provides both education and entertainment that engage, involve, and inspire patrons and performers alike. The performing arts thrive when a community embraces a unique and intimate venue like Metropolis.

Metropolis’ ticket sales and education tuition fees cover only a portion of operating expenses, so we count on our friends like you to donate annually, allowing us to keep the performing arts vibrant in Arlington Heights and beyond.

By supporting Metropolis, you help us stay true to our mission: providing professional entertainment and arts education while enriching our community. Your annual gifts truly help make the arts a part of the everyday experience, impacting the lives of thousands of artists and students of all ages including those with special needs.

Because Metropolis is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, your donation may be fully tax deductible



How to Support Metropolis:


Become a Member of our Friends of Metropolis Annual Giving Program

The Friends of Metropolis Annual Giving program starts at only $35 and provides member benefits based on your level of giving. We invite you to join us and help us make a difference.

Producer $500-$999 (tax deductible, less $50 ticket benefit)
• Invitation to select script readings and/or rehearsals
• Invitation for two (2) tickets to Opening Day of our holiday production
• All benefits listed below
Director $250-$499 (tax deductible, less $50 ticket benefit)
• Two (2) complimentary tickets to select Metropolis shows
• Metropolis Tote Bag
• All benefits listed below
Partner $100-$249 (100% tax deductible)
• 10% off select Metropolis shows
• Handling fees waived on ticket sales (excludes online purchases)
• Metropolis T-Shirt
• All benefits listed below
Friend $50-$99 (100% tax deductible)
• Ticket exchange privileges (excludes “one night only” performances)
• 5% off one group class per session at our School of Performing Arts
• All benefits listed below
Member $35-$49 (100% tax deductible)
• Membership Card (with local business discounts)
• Name recognition in playbills
• Invitation to annual Donor Appreciation Event

To donate, click here to become a member and choose "Friends of Metropolis" to direct your gift or for more information, please contact our Annual Fund Coordinator, Erika Cutlip at or 847-577-5982 ext 229.


Marquee Membership

The Marquee Membership was established in recognition of the generous support of our annual major donors contributing $1,000 or greater. Marquee members enjoy numerous benefits, such as two series subscriptions. We invite you to join this elite group of donors. 

Marquee Grand Patron $10,000+
• Invitation to join the Grand Patron Council (TBD)
• All benefits listed below and the Friends of Metropolis program
Marquee Guarantor $5,000 - $9,999
• Exclusive pre-performance party for 10, with complimentary food and beverages, for the show of your choice
• All benefits listed below and the Friends of Metropolis program
Marquee Visionary $2,500 - $4,999
• Pre-performance dining opportunity with Executive Director and/or Development Director
• All benefits listed below and the Friends of Metropolis program
Marquee Benefactor $1,000 - $2,499
• Two tickets to all Marquee Night performances of Subscription Series shows, including receptions with a meet-n- greet with the cast and crew
• Recognition on the Lifetime Giving Donor Wall in the Whisler Family Lobby
• All benefits of the Friends of Metropolis program

To donate, click here and choose "Friends of Metropolis" to direct your gift to become a Marquee Member today or for more information, contact Director of Development, Randal Klaproth, or 847-818-6393.


Matching Gifts - Many companies will match contributions made by their employees. This is a great way to maximize the impact of your gift. Contact your Human Resources office to find out if they provide company matching gifts to non-profit organizations. 


You may make an individual donation in person by cash, check, or credit card, or you may click here to make a one-time donate online. All donations are tax-deductible.


All Levels of the Friends of Metropolis annual giving program receive a discount card good for up to 15% off at participating area restaurants and businesses listed below.

Click here for full list of Business Partner Discounts




If your business  would like to support Metropolis while also receiving great exposure in the community, consider joining our Sponsorship program. Contact Director of Development, Randal Klaproth, or 847-818-6393.

Click Here to view all Sponsorship Benefits


Your Brick in the Spotlight

Purchase a brick nameplate in the theatre and you will have a lasting legacy at Metropolis. You may customize what is imprinted on each nameplate – your name, company name, a life celebration, in memory or in honor of a loved one, etc. Brick nameplates are available in 3 – levels, Gold ($300), Silver ($150), and Bronze ($75) and are 100% tax-deductible.

Click here to Donate online today


Tickets for Hope

Metropolis is proud to offer the Tickets for Hope program providing discounted/free tickets to low income or disadvantaged schools. Help Metropolis keep this important program alive and thriving by contributing at any level to our Tickets for Hope program for those in need offering the experience of live theater. 

Click here to Donate online today


Special Fundraising Events 

Metropolis has three signature fundraising events that bring the community together in support of Metropolis throughout the year: Metropolis Sunday Soiree, Metropolis Wine Tasting and Metropolis Gala. Contact our Special Events Coordinator Jessica Braun,, 847.577.5982 x245. 


If your family or foundation operates a grant program for the arts, we would welcome the opportunity to apply. Please contact Randal Klaproth at 847.818.6393 or


In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations providing goods or services are greatly appreciated for use at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and School of the Performing Arts. Items such as catering, props, costumes, paint, building materials, printing and promotional items, etc. assist in offsetting costs.


Stock Gifts/Planned Giving

There are beneficial tax savings when you choose to donate stock or contribute through planned giving to an organization like Metropolis. Please check with your Financial Advisor on how you can contribute to our institution.