The John F. Welsh auditorium at Natrona County High School (NCHS) is getting a facelift at part of the NCHS renovation.  The new theatre will boost a restored interior, windows, a foyer, larger seats, an expanded performing arts classroom including a black box theater, and so much more.  But we need your help to truly build the theatre the community needs.  

Performing Arts need a lift

The bulk of the funding for the John F. Welsh auditorium renovation is coming from state funding provided for the NCHS school renovation.  While this funding is providing the NCHS theatre with many new features, the state isn't paying for a second lift for the school.  The second lift will be the lift most used by the school since it can extend the stage, provide more seating, or become an orchestra pit depending on the show.  

In order to bring this project to life, NCHS needs to raise $350,000 by September when construction begins.  If the money isn't raised by December, the space for the lift will still be there; however, the theatre would have to close down in order to install the lift.  This would cause the project's cost to increase.

“People aren’t donating to NCHS or the theatre department; they are really investing in all these performing arts.”
— Zach Scheider, NCHS Theatre Director

Funds raised to date:


Total funding needed:


Remaining need:

$0  Thank you!

Why:  The second NCHS theatre lift will provide space to extend the stage, provide extra seating, or become an orchestra pit.

When: By December 2015

Who benefits: 

  • Natrona County High School
  • Other NCSD schools
  • Community groups
  • Wyoming Symphony Orchestra
  • Kinser Jazz Festival
  • Local dance studios
  • Community as a whole

Project Files:


Donations are currently being accepted for this project.  If you would like to donate to the NCHS Theatre Lift project, please select one of the options below:

Donate securely online:

If you are participating in the class challenge please list your graduating year under "Donation In Honor Of" on the donation payment page. 

Mail a check to:

Casper Area Education Foundation

C/O Kelly Eastes


CASPER, WY 82601

Please make checks out to CAEF and put John F. Welsh in the memo line.