Ways to help
Dear Member of the Playhouse 395 Family,
Thank you for your past support of Playhouse 395, Owens Valley’s only community theatre. As an audience member, actor, usher, behind-the-scenes stage hand, volunteer, vendor or donor, you have helped us to thrive. Now we are asking you to step up to the plate to give again, to help us at a critical time. Without being able to produce shows in our usual way, we are looking to give you possible shows via radio or Zoom. And as soon as we're able, the curtain will rise again on last year's planned show, 'Little Shop of Horrors'.
WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT PLAYHOUSE 395 . . .
WE SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN
There is no drama program in our schools. Playhouse 395 provides theatrical opportunities for children 5 – 18 through it's Children's Theatre Workshop and Junior Shows. This training improves each child's confidence and poise which they can carry into oral reports in school and into adult life. It improves their self concept and teaches them to work as a team. It also exposes them the live theatre, which is culturally beneficial. We also have a scholarship program for our graduating seniors who have participated in our shows.
WE SUPPORT OUR ADULTS
Playhouse 395 provides a theatrical outlet for adults 18 - 80+. This is a wonderful artistic outlet for many people in our community. They experience acting, dance, and music at a high level. Newbie or veteran, we provide exceptional vocal, theatrical, and dance coaching for all participants in our shows.
WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY
Playhouse 395 provides almost the only live musical (and non-musical) theatre in the Owens Valley. We also assist the Elks with their annual scholarship fundraiser, the ever popular 'Murder Mystery Dinner'. Our performances gives people of all ages the opportunity to see exceptional live theatre without the travel and high prices of going to the city. This is our gift to the community, and we always strive to provide high level, quality performances, often with orchestral accompaniment. Not many other small towns can offer this to their community.
FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW
• Putting on one of our shows can take as many as 200 volunteers and from $15,000 - $30,000. Licensing alone can cost up to $6000.
• Every person who works with Playhouse is a volunteer. No one is paid.
• Our ongoing expenses for warehouse, theater rent, and bookkeeping are nearly $1000 a month whether we have a show going or not.
We know we can count on you to help us make it through today’s challenging conditions. The arts are always important to quality of life, and never more so than now. We are eager to carry on our tradition of bringing you more entertainment offerings.
Although ticket sales cover only a fraction of our costs, we are searching for ways to pay our ongoing expenses. This is where you come in. You can help Playhouse 395 to survive by writing a check today and mailing it to:
P.O. Box 146
Bishop, CA 93515
or by calling 760 920-2064 for credit card donations
Thank you for opening your heart and checkbook. We look forward to receiving your tax-exempt contribution. Your gift means so much to us. Even a small amount is significant.
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