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We need your help to Raise the Curtain ❤️
We need your help to Raise the Curtain ❤️
Greetings from Gallery 7 Theatre;
We hope this message finds you healthy and well!
What can we say? We are absolutely overwhelmed by, and incredibly thankful for, the support of our donors this past season. Despite us not being able to produce live, in-person theatre, you continued to support us through our generous donations, attending our digital productions, and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. We have felt so wonderfully affirmed by this generous support of the work we do to bring light, hope and inspiration to our community through live theatre.
The Year That Was...
With box office revenue significantly less than normal, we were dependant on grants, emergency government subsidies and of course, generous donations from our patrons. This support allowed us to take the year to explore new digital technology, present dramatic readings of familiar and not-so-familiar classical works, and present digital productions of two new plays by local playwright we are currently developing. In the midst of all of this, we also launched a new podcast called Hold the Curtain. We are very proud of the work we were able to accomplish this year, despite the challenges, and look forward to taking the lessons learned in to our future work.
The Year To Come...
We are heartened by recent re-opening plans announced by the province, and we are excited to be making plans to return to live, in-person theatre starting this November. This next season won’t be a return to absolute normal just yet as we don’t yet know what restrictions may still exist this fall. And so, we’re approaching re-opening cautiously by planning for pretty much any eventuality.
What we can say with confidence is that we are returning to fully staged productions featuring smaller casts and production requirements. We are in the process of booking an exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking season that I think you will delight in and we look forward to announcing the entire playbill on June 30th, 2021.
As we look to the next season, we are faced with a number of challenges:
- Relaunching near-normal operations with reduced staff capacity at least for the first half of the season due to limited revenues resulting from past COVIDrestrictions;
- Eventual reduction and complete transition away from government emergency subsidies even though on-going gathering restrictions are possible;
- COVID-related safety plans that could impact the types of productions we do in the near term;
- Acquiring the necessary AV technology so we can live-stream our first two productions in addition to an in-person audience;
- Audience reluctance to immediately return to in-person events.
If this past year is any indication, I have no doubt that together we can overcome these challenges. And such is why this June, we’re launching our Raise the Curtain Campaign.
Raise the Curtain campaign...
Our Raise the Curtain Campaign will help us tidy off the remaining bills from the current season, reach our target for the current fiscal year (only $2,000 to go to get there!), and lay the foundation for raising the curtain on our stages starting this November.
This mini-campaign is Step #1 in Gallery 7 Theatre’s 2021-2022 Re-Opening Fundraising Campaign. Loosely modelled after the Provincial Re-Opening Plan, we thought describing our fundraising activities in this way might better inform you of our fundraising plan for the season, and explain how each mini-campaign fits in to our overall fundraising strategy.
Our donation goal for 2021-2022 Theatre Season is $35,000. We’ve divided this annual goal in to smaller, more manageable chunks, to be raised through mini-campaigns and events to be held through-out the coming year. Check out the below graphic to see what your fundraising plan is for the coming year.
Raise the Curtain is our first mini-campaign, and we are looking to raise $7,500 by September 30, 2021. Funds raised through this campaign will help us navigate the lean summer months where revenues are typically lower, help us cover season start-up costs such as booking performing licenses, placing deposits on venues, and help us transition away from declining or disappearing federal emergency subsidies.
Great Giving Challenge...
We’re excited to announce that once again, CanadaHelps is holding the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. For every dollar raised during the month of June through the CanadaHelps website, we will receive one entry in to a draw to win up to $20,000. If we raise our Raise the Curtain goal of $7,500 by June 30th, that will give us 7,500 chances to win. How cool is that?
Can You Help Us Raise the Curtain?
We invite you to make a contribution to our Raise the Curtain campaign. Any amount, great or small, is incredibly helpful in facing the challenges to come and help us get back to what we do best: creating live theatre for the heart, soul and mind!
You can make a one-time donation, or you can set up a monthly giving schedule. There are a few ways you can make a contribution:
- Make a Donation ONLINE (and increase our chances of winning $20K)
- Make a Donation by PHONE: Call 604-504-5940*.
- Make a Donation by MAIL: Send your cheque to Gallery 7 Theatre, P.O. Box 825 Abbotsford, BC V2T 7A2
We recognize that some of you have may have made a recent donation and would like to hold off. We totally understand! Consider adding a donation to your season subscription once they become available. Our Raise the Curtain Campaign goes until September 30, 2021. You can also add a donation to your individual ticket purchase or you can make a donation sometime during any of our other mini-campaigns.
In the end, all contributions are super helpful in meeting our annual 2021-2022 goal of $35,000. Thank you so much for your support, and we wish you a wonderful summer season of re-connecting with family, friends, and the things you love doing most.
Stay well, stay healthy,
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, 2022 for the 2021 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!