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We're an affordable theatre and rental space that can be molded into anything by anyone.
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ONTARIO STREET THEATRES in Port Hope

Premise

What is a Storefront Theatre?

It is literally that.It’s a small, affordable 40 seat venue for the public.

We can do anything in there. Theatre {Professional and local}, previously produced plays, new plays, young peoples theatre, music, visual artists, one of a kind shows, a market, birthday parties, corporate events, it’s a rental space for shows, rehearsals, classes, meetings, courses, we can adapt to any idea, it’s a space that can be molded to fit all needs and ideas. 

The ONTARIO STREET THEATRE is whatever you want it to be.

WHO AM I?

I’m Sean Carthew. I have a B.F.A in Acting from the University of Windsor. I was a professional actor for 14 years through out Canada. I wrote and produced my own feature film, play and book. I got out of the business and got into flipping cottages which was good. BUT I miss the arts and this is a lifelong dream of mine. I know it’s a Labour of Love and it won’t make me rich but I bet it makes me happy and I hope that spills over onto others.

How do we pay the rent?

People either rent the space or split the box office. We do not pay for performances. No risks are taken besides rent, utilities, advertising costs.

Example-

I bring in a play that runs Thursday To Saturday. They either rent the space for the show at $200 per night or we split the box office.If it were to sell out 40 seats @ $15 a ticket= $600, we would split it between the show and the Theatre.

People can rent out the space during the day @ $50 for three hours, $15 an hour after that.Courses, meetings etc..

Art on display, Theatre would get a % of sales.

Young Peoples Theatre, this will be a monthly occurrence where we produce our own plays.2/3rds of the money earned goes back into Port Hopes Young Peoples Theatre.

Corporate or Private Parties. I can plan and put this on for the company or individual. Hire a comedian, cater in, special event liquor license. All for a quoted price.

As long as the Theatre is filled it has a chance of surviving. It will be a hub of activity,

Initial Costs

Renoavations to the space. Approx $4000.00

With myself doing the work. 3 new bathrooms installed, barrier free access/washroom, fire rating work, exit work and all things to make it to code and have the accessibility it should have.

Theatre Items Needed..

40 Chairs/Tables - $500

Raked Seating – risers. $ 400

Curtains- $500

Lights/Sound-1500.00

Posters/Tickets/Pamphlets -$400

Advertising {Can be creative with this}-Social Media, Newspaper/radio stories, Pamphlets at all establishments

Sign- Paint existing. $75.00

Props. Donated, free.

Surprise Factor- $500

Approx. $3570.00

Total= $7570.00

I have asked for $8000.00 for some leeway.

Thank you for your time,

Sean Carthew

Risks and challenges

The Pre work has been done. I have met with the town economic committee, building inspector and architect hence the $4000.00 in renovation costs.

The only thing I can foresee is perhaps not getting artists to drive an hour from Toronto. But I feel there is lots of local talent and people needing a space locally to fill it.

This may in some way make for less bums in the seat but the rent is an affordable one and I will continue having a regular job to pay for that and keep the theatre going.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $9

    Special Thanks on all Social media, a meet and greet and a walk through the theatre space.

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    WALL OF FAME.

    Bring me/send me a wallet size photo of you or a loved for our Forever WALL OF FAME in our Theatre. The WALL OF FAME will consist of all backers whom made a contribution. Donate in Honour of....

    This also applies to all other backers who contributed more than $1. So yes, I may have 7000 photos on our Wall Of Fame.

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    THE ONTARIO STREET THEATRE CHALLENGE.

    Nominate some one to do a "good deed". If they do the good deed, you donate $10 to the theatre. If they do not, they donate $10 to the theatre.

    The Ontario STreet Theatre "Your Port of Hope."

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    SCRIPT READING NIGHT.

    I'll go first. I have a feature film I recently wrote called IN A PICKLE.

    "A drunken Rose is bailed out of jail by her estranged daughter, inspiring her to open a store selling Christmas Pickle Ornaments only to find everyone in town is hell bent on shutting her down."

    Would you be interested in being a part of or listening to a reading of this?

    I'll normally be selling $5 tickets to script reading nights, poetry readings, art exhibits {Yes no cut off an artists sale}, Improv nights etc...

    I'm asking you to donate $10 toward my Kickstarter campaign and you get a ticket into our first script reading. If you want to donate more...just put in Pickle as subject and I'll get it.

    Subject title PICKLE.

    I'll need readers.. Rose 55-60
    Carolyn...25-30
    Jim...60
    James ...63

    There are more smaller parts to be read and I or someone can do the narrative.

    First 40 to donate/buy tickets get in to our first reading.

    Be nice to me.

    Possible date... dependant on renovations. Hopefully before Christmas/New Years.

    PLUS A PICTURE ON OUR WALL OF FAME.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $22

    Thanks on social media and a single ticket to our first show YOUNG PEOPLE PLAYERS production of SHAPELESS.

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    Special thanks on Social Media and 2 tickets to ONTARIO STREETS YOUNG PEOPLE PLAYERS production of Shapeless.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $88

    4 Tickets to our YOUNG PEOPLES Players Production of SHAPELESS, a tour of the theatre, thanks on social media.

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    ADVERTISE with us. Limited quantity.

    Get a plaque of your company on the back of one of our theatre seats. As well as In our brochure and on our wall of fame.

    Only $100 per year.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $133

    Christmas Gift from you to another.... :)
    A plaque on the back of one of theatre chairs FOREVER. 4 tickets to our show. A tour of the theatre. A ton of thanks personally and on social media.

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $309

    You or Your company logo in the theatre, on our programs, on social media. A tour of the theatre and two tickets to any show of your choice.

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    Advertising Christmas Reward

    8 x 11 Poster in the most visible spot in the theatre.
    Business Cards on hand.
    Company logo/ad in all our programs year round.
    On our website and all social media.
    6 hours of use of facility. $100 value
    2 tickets to a show. $40-50 Value.
    Tour of theatre.

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    Pledge CA$ 8,000 or more About $7,067

    I will write and produce your life. Together we will write a play that we will produce at the Ontario Street Theatre.
    :)

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