Often the first thought, and certainly fundamental to beginning any creative endeavor such as theater, is the funding necessary to make it happen. Theater as an art needs a very specific type of space requiring square footage, technical tools, patron comfort, and talent accommodations. There is also storage and construction space requirements.
Each production has its own demands, and often shows are selected based on what the script mandates and the resources require.
Another vital element of generosity is the giving of other valuables such as time. We are very blessed with the amount and quality of the talent that gives their time. The cast of each show, which ranges from two members to twenty-five, log in countless hours of rehearsal, memorization, travel and assembling costumes (very often costumes and travel is at their own expense). These hours and efforts are gifts to all of us.
There are also the hours and gifts of creativity of our other designers… set, sound, lights, props, costuming, direction, and administration. All are gifts given by generous people who have a passion to create.
Included in generosity is the attention (tickets purchased, shows attended) and value placed by patrons on the artistic offerings. The great comments and encouragement given are generous gifts to all the creatives.
As an organization, we set a plan in motion from the beginning that includes generosity on our part. We believe it is more blessed to give… and we want to model the giving we need to thrive. So we give of our talents collectively to make our community a better place, and we also give a percentage of our financial increase back to our community and beyond.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)
As we practice generosity, we are thankful for those who have given and those yet to give. You inspire us.