For more than 20 years, Ashland Productions has empowered young people to find their voice through theater. Ashland has perfected the elusive balance between artistic excellence and inclusion, bringing out the best in youth in both performance and self actualization. We believe in empowerment throughout the rehearsal, class or camp process; the quality of the resulting performance is a function of those values rather than the end goal. Ashland lives its value of mentoring every day, not only through older students mentoring younger ones, but also intergenerational mentoring--our adult participants mentor our students and our experienced students frequently mentor our less-experienced adult performers.
The COVID-19 pandemic was devastating for Ashland, as it has been for so many performing arts organizations. Our in-person elementary program, ACT! (Ashland Collaborative Theater!), which reaches more than 800 elementary students every year, was shut down with fewer than half of the students having the opportunity to perform their production. At least five full productions will be cancelled before we are able to return to the stage, and our summer camp program will be one third its usual size. All of these changes have resulted in more than $250,000 of expected income loss for Ashland to date and another $150,000 in the fall, seriously jeopordizing our ability to serve our young participants when normalcy returns.
With your help, we can return Ashland Strong. We have not shut our doors during this unprecedented time--we have moved our programming online, offering three full productions, summer camps and ACT! resources through Youtube videos, Zoom calls, and soon, streaming performances. Continuing to offer this programming has been a significant financial loss to Ashland, but we believe our mission is as necessary now as it ever has been.
Help us continue to offer online programming as long as this pandemic keeps us off our stage, and help us return with momentum, energy and a full artistic and administrative staff as soon as possible.
Together, we are Ashland Strong.