What a season! A record-breaking year for season subscriptions…a record-breaking year for attendance to a single production…and a record-breaking attendance to an entire season!
Not to mention, an exciting year of entertaining and thought-provoking plays that featured Pride and Prejudice, Beau Jest, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and our first ever Shakespeare production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Our 2018-2019 ‘Back to Classics’ theatre season was certainly a memorable one!
Alongside all the successes, there were plenty of important lessons learned, lessons we are integrating into our operations for an even better experience in the future.
I am so proud of the accomplishments of our artists, technicians, production crew and our volunteers this past year. They have lots to be proud of!
I am also super-thrilled and honoured by our community’s amazing and growing support – thank you so much!
While we relish in the glow of another amazing season, our attention is already focused on the season to come: our new playbill has been selected, production schedules are being finalized, artistic teams are being filled, auditions are being planned, and budgets are being finalized.
Ah, budgets. Did you know that only 55% of our revenues come from ticket sales? The rest needs to be fundraised through sponsorships, grants and individual donations. We particularly rely on generous donations made by you!
Why do we need donations? Well, the simple answer is so we can continue offering audiences great theatre experiences while providing a place for community artists and technicians to pursue their craft!
Really, though, those reasons represent just the tip of the iceberg. Donations also help us cover the cost of insurance, royalties, scripts, as well as leasing our office & rehearsal space. They especially help us get through the cash-lean summer months when we have to put up huge chunks of cash to pay license fees for our upcoming shows (this year, royalties are in the neighbourhood of $15,000!), well before individual tickets go on sale.
Now, it may seem strange that we’re talking about donations so soon after such a successful season, but I have to say, for us to sit back and take it easy would seriously jeopardize our long-term financial sustainability.
And so, for the month of June, we’re running our annual year-end fundraising drive. So far this year, we’ve raised $17,238 through individual donations. Our goal for the year is to raise $8,760 by our fiscal year end on June 30th. Can you help?
This past year, we produced our 100th production in our history. To help celebrate this major milestone, consider making a $100 donation. 100 people contributing $100 each helps us hit our goal in a jiffy! But we don’t want to limit your generosity: Consider a donation of $200, $300, $500, $5,000 or any amount you deem best!
Can’t afford a donation all at once? Consider setting up a monthly giving plan of $10, $25, or $50 a month. Not only does a smaller, monthly donation help you stay within your budget, it also provides us with a steady monthly revenue stream that we can count on. All donations above $10.00 will receive a tax-deductible receipt!
As an added bonus, every dollar donated online during the month of June will provide us one entry in to a draw to win $10,000 through the Great Giving Challenge! Imagine how much more we could do with that kind of support!! The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is generously sponsored by CanadaHelps.org and Giv 3.
Invest in the spiritual, emotional and intellectual health of our community and in our mandate to provide the Fraser Valley with quality heart, soul and mind theatre by donating today – and help us make the coming season even better than the last!
Raised so far: $100 + $10 + $30 + $100 + $25 + $100 + $25 + $250 + $25 + $25 + $300 + $260 + $25 = $1,275
Still to Go: $7,485
To provide a donation by mail, please send to Gallery 7 Theatre, P.O. Box 825, Abbotsford BC. V2T 7A2. All donations above $10 and received by 11:59:59 on December 31 will be issued a tax deductible receipt in January, 2019 for the 2018 taxation year. Make a one-time donation of any amount or set up a monthly giving program...it's up to you.
Thank you for your support!