Study these pictures carefully and look for the hidden costs of running an educational theater. Every season, Parkway Playhouse provides the community with engaging theatrical productions and young people receive life-changing educational experiences. There are several ways that the cost to provide these experiences are met since memberships and ticket prices do not cover all of our expenses. Please seek and find some of these additional costs and consider making a donation this summer to support our work. We will put it to good use for the items below and many more in the season to come.
A – Cool air and hot stage lights: the air conditioning units are fantastic.They make being in and watching a play much more comfortable. We have older stage lights which generating a great deal of heat. Combined we often have power bills around $600 per month.
B – Assistant in the scene shop: on-going, skilled scene shop help is critical. Right now, there are many weeks where the great Bruce Chuvala is on his own. $5,000 per season.
C – Director of outreach and education: with the conservatory program, Parkway Players, touring productions and other outreach, we are in need of someone to provide skilled guidance throughout the year. This will allow us to reach more people, young and old, and provide the actors with a trained mentor. $10,000 per year.
D – Royalties for all plays: we have to pay for the rights to perform the plays for each season as well as for our camps and conservatory productions. $28,000 per year.
E – Set construction materials for one play: $500.
F – Intern/Apprentice program: instructional costs for the training the next generation of theater artists and technicians or just building self-esteem and team building skills: $6,000 per year
These are just some of the hidden costs that need your support. Recurring donations are a great way to support our work. Follow the link to learn how to create a recurring donation or simply email me and I will help you set it up: Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personally, I’ve found monthly donations to be an affordable way to give to organizations while staying within my budget. Monthly donations are helpful to Parkway Playhouse as well, since they provide a consistent source of income throughout the year and we can be more efficient with our resources. Checks are also welcome.
Whatever method of giving is most convenient for you is what matters. Your summer support is greatly appreciated and I hope to see you at the theater soon for Dial M For Murder and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised].
Jeff Bachar, Executive Director