It’s #GivingTuesdayNow - Usually #GivingTuesday occurs the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, but due to the emergent needs of non-profits all over the country, today, May 5th, is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity.
We believe in the mission of the Seacoast Repertory Theatre and we understand the important role our theater plays in the community and the local economy. Like all other arts organizations, we are hurting at the moment and we need your help.
When the shutdown happened we were able to quickly pivot to online programming, and our operations were deemed to be essential. That’s great. We think that arts and arts education are essential too. We’re now reaching households all over the country and the world with our online offerings. We offer our live-streams for free to Seniors and essential workers. In fact some of our streams are running to entire senior communities and nursing homes. Every day we receive messages of gratitude and how comforting we have been during these strange and isolating times. Every day we receive a request from essential workers and first responders asking for a little relief from their difficult tasks. It’s overwhelming and humbling. This is why we do what we do.
We believe the work we do, along with the other arts and cultural organizations throughout the Seacoast, are an important piece of what makes this area special - part of why people come from all over the world to see our corner of it. While the first responders are saving lives every day, the arts will be an important part of our community’s economic and spiritual recovery.
We will continue to serve our mission, through all of our difficulties, and we will be here when everyone is ready to come back. We can’t wait. We just have to get to that day.
Since we have closed our operations to live audiences, we have had to cancel 123 performances between our mainstage shows, one-off events, children’s programming, senior programs, and more to an estimated loss of $250,000. Insurance does not cover this, and aid only gets so far. This is a daunting loss that will take time to recover from.
It is for this reason that we are asking for your help. A donation today, during #GivingTuesdayNow where some funds are being matched, or a donation any time over the next few weeks, will ensure we remain viable and mission-ready.
How you can help
We have taken a step into the unknown hoping it will pay off. We have secured the rights to four musicals that we will fully produce and livestream to your homes. We are one of the only theatres nationwide that are able and allowed to live-stream performances, a hard-won privilege and one we don’t intend to take lightly. When they are ready, we can stream a truly live performance to as many homes as want us - not pre-recorded, not repeated, but truly live. Although we have carefully chosen titles that have small casts, with limited expenses and costumes and props that can be pulled from our existing inventory, there are still many costs that are associated with producing a musical. In fact, between royalties, scripts, costumes, set pieces, and all other costs, we are investing $12,000 to bring entertainment into your homes right now. We think it will be a hit, but this is uncharted territory for all of us. Nobody knows what a live-streamed ticketed musical will perform like.
Today, on this early #GivingTuesdayNow, we hope you’ll consider us. We’re still here. Still working. Still serving our mission in a way we hope makes our community proud. We’ll keep doing it as long as we are able. We can’t do it without your help.
We know times are tough, but please consider a donation today and enjoy great theatre when we can all be together again.