A Letter From Our President
Dear Friend of the Theater:
As a supporter of the Washington Little Theater we wanted to make sure you did not miss the December 31, 2016 deadline to purchase 2017 Early Bird Season Tickets. Season tickets will still be available after the deadline, but Early Bird Season Tickets give you extra admittances to performances as well as savings over individually purchased tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.
We depend entirely on ticket sales and donations for our continued operation, and your generosity helps us pay utilities, maintain the building, build props, and cover other administrative necessities. And even though our directors, actors, musicians and behind-the-scenes stage hands are volunteers, the licensing fees for plays are not ? and these fees can range from $500 to $3,000 per play.
This year we have an especially great need for monetary support. Our old HVAC system has blasted its last cool breeze, and replacement estimates range up to $20,000. We operate on a shoestring budget and just don't have that amount of cash in reserve. Unfortunately, many of our activities occur during the warmer months so the lack of air conditioning will greatly impact our operations. As those of you who recently attended our production of The Hallelujah Girls can attest, the theater can get unbearably hot.
The Washington Little Theater is one of the longest running community theaters in the state. In addition to our live theatrical productions, we are committed to introducing young people to the theater arts. Each summer we offer a two-week Youth Drama Camp for ages 8-18. We also produce an annual Children's Theater, which is offered free to local school children from pre-K?3rd grade. This year, close to 1,000 students attended and, for many, it was their first theater experience. We also help support the Performing Arts Team (PAT) of the Wilkes County Comprehensive High School. This year, PAT won third place in a Georgia regional performance competition.
While we haven't finalized our complete 2017 season, two one-act plays are slated for February: Just Another Snow Day and Superhero Sanitarium. Also under consideration are Annie, The Play That Goes Wrong, and A Christmas Carol. To offer your suggestions or comments, please take a quick survey posted on our website at www.washingtonlittletheater.org. Or go directly to the survey at:www.surveymonkey.com/r/965R7SN. Of course, if we don't get our air conditioning system fixed, our plays may be limited to The Long, Hot Summer and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!
Please consider continuing your support of the Washington Little Theater through your purchase of Season Tickets. We also hope you will consider making a LARGE tax deductible contribution to help replace our HVAC system as well as contributing to our Frank McGaughey Scholarship Fund for our Youth Drama Camp. (We recently renamed our Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of fellow-resident Frank McGaughey and his important contributions to our community theater over the past few years.) Just print out and fill in the attached form and be sure to postmark it by December 31, 2016, to qualify for Early Bird Season Tickets. If you'd like to gift someone with Season Tickets, please indicate that on the form.
We also encourage you to become involved in the theater. Acting, directing, singing, reviewing plays, building sets, painting, ushering, sewing, lights, sound, props......there are unlimited opportunities and absolutely no previous skills are necessary. We guarantee you'll enjoy the experience.
Thank you for your continued support of the Washington Little Theater!
Sharon Liggett, President
Washington Little Theater Company