The El Paso Playhouse is El Paso's longest running community theatre. The 2012-2013 season will be its 49th season, and we hope to make it quite the season to help lead us into our 50th.
We have SOOOO many plans for our 50th! We are hoping to put together a book or photo album that chronicles not only the history of the theatre but the building as well, as it is in a historic area of the city. We also want to kick off the 50th season with the shows that the Playhouse did for their first season. It will be quite a whirlwind season, and we are all excited about it!
To help us into our 50th, we are also working hard to make our 49th every bit as spectacular as we can. The 4th show into the season will be Arsenic & Old Lace written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Erika Moeller, Secretary on the Board of Directors. The script was written in 1939, it was first staged in 1941 (with Boris Karloff as Jonathan), and was then turned into a movie starrring Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, and Peter Lorre in 1944.
But...we would like to do something a little beyond the borders of traditional theatre. What we would like to do is to stage the show in *drumroll please* BLACK & WHITE! OOooo, how exciting! It will be quite a venture to undertake as we will need the paint for the set (not to mention the props), the material to make a few of the costumes, and some really nifty stage makeup that will stand up to the really strong stage lights.
So why do we need $2000? Where will it go?
We need $2000 to cover the cost of the royalties, the scripts. It is as basic as that. Each performance costs $75 in royalties and we put on 12 performances during the run of a show. That means we will be spending $900 just on the royalties alone. The other $1100 would be going towards purchasing the scripts, because we need one script per cast and crew member. We would also use the money to help defray our printing costs for the programs and posters to help us advertise this show to increase our patronage.
We will also be purchasing the makeup, the costumes, the props, and any set building/painting materials that we will need. The theatrical makeup that we would like to use for this will cost approximately $250 so that we have enough for all 11 actors for the entire run of the show. With the money that we have left after we have paid for all of the production costs, we are also looking to set up some theatre merchandise such as coffee to-go mugs and some really cute theatre bears with our logo and hangtags. We also already have some pens and planners, but we did so well with them that we need to purchase some more. This all goes into fundraising-- the money goes back to the theatre to help keep the lights on, the water running, the gas going, and the shows on stage. Just a note—all of our volunteers are exactly that—volunteers. We only have one paid employee, our wonderful theatre administrator Vanessa Keyser, and she does all of the paperwork, answering of phones, and making of the reservations. We would like to be able to keep her around which means we need to keep bringing patrons in through the door and seeing our wonderful offerings to the community.
What happens if we don't make our goal of $2000?
If we don't raise the full amount, we will not get any of the money that was pledged. Your credit card will not be charged. If we do not meet our goal, we may need to find other ways to produce the show or just pare back how the show will be done. We have a hard working crew that would like to see this produces as planned, so we will try our best in the meantime, but any help that we could get would help us to breathe easier.
Does the money that I pledge to make me an investor in the show?
No, it essentially makes you a ticket buyer. We have come up with a list of fun things (which you can see off to the side) that you could receive, if you pledge the right price. And, as with all pledges, we would be eternally grateful to you for helping to make this show fun and successful!
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