Dear Friends, We need your help!
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The Randall Theatre Company of Medford is one of those places that makes downtown Medford special. For over 8 years our patrons have enjoyed many great performances. The non-profit Randall Theatre Company is a full volunteer based theater company. It has developed into a well-established theatrical organization that has produced over 93 main stage performances for the community of Medford and the surrounding Rogue Valley. So, why the fundraiser?
IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THE RANDALL THEATRE COMPANY, SKIP TO THE PARAGRAPH ENTITLED "THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN"
JUST FINDING OUT ABOUT THE RANDALL THEATRE? READ BELOW!
The Randall Theatre is a volunteer based, non-profit community theater. We survive off tickets sales as we have no corporate sponsors or rich benefactors. It is one of only four theaters in the nation to offer "Pay What You Want" seats for every show we produce.
HOW THE RANDALL THEATRE GOT ITS NAME
Named after my brother Randall Joseph, Randy was a pure artist. He was an actor, singer, director, film maker, writer, electronic genius, magician and drew and painted phenomenally. He would volunteer to entertain sick children at the Shriner's Children's Hospital in San Francisco. With all his talent, he was soft spoken and lacked any type of ego. At the age 18 however, he passed away. So much talent combined with a huge heart was lost forever. I was eight years old when he passed. When I decided to start the theater, I looked back at what makes a theater great. Three things came to mind: 1) Love of the art form, 2) people working together for a common goal and 3) thinking of others needs before your own. The selflessness that is needed for a theater to grow and prosper was what what my brother lived everyday. It was obvious to me that the theater be named after him as he embodied what was best about art. Selflessness.
HOW IS THE RANDALL THEATRE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER LOCAL LIVE THEATERS?
With so many theaters in the Rogue Valley, what makes us different? I believe it's our heart. This theater is built from a strong foundation of love. The theaters name sake (Randy) was a good, kind young man with talents unequaled. When creating the theater, I thought of him. What made him such a strong individual was his constant search for creative freedom and improvement. At the same time, he was soft spoken and humble in his gifts. Because of what he embodied I chose his personality traits as the purpose for our existence. I call them our four cornerstones. The four corner stones the Randall is built on give us a firm foundation for success. The corner stones of the Randall Theatre are:
* To serve our patrons best interest first before our own.
* To exceed the expectations of our patrons by pushing ourselves to be better than we thought possible.
* To embrace and not resist growth in all areas of theatrical performance education.
* To realize that ego is to be used for the good of the whole not for self gratification.
By paying attention to these cornerstones, we always keep in mind what is important to us. Everything we do is filtered through this lens.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RANDALL THEATRE!
The new Randall Theatre space is located in a growing district of arts based businesses. An organic growing of arts and culture has begun in this area of Main Street.
We continue serving the community today by charging low admission prices as well as Pay What You Want seating, keeping our concession prices low so the theater going experience is more affordable for everyone, especially families.
The Randall Theatre raffles off what we call our "BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE" which is a love seat in the front row. When a patron wins the raffle, they move from their theater seat to the best seat in the house, get free concessions and even gifts depending on the sponsor for the production.
Once up and running, we have plans to open a wine bar and beer tap room. Live music will be featured. The bar will be open 1 1/2 hours before and one hour after showtime for people to sit and enjoy the ambiance. Open mic nights will also be featured.
We are the only theater in Oregon to produce free live productions for under-served populations. This includes people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people battling addiction, low to no income populations. This program will expand to greater heights in 2019.
* THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMPAIGN *
The purpose of the campaign. Although we love our original home, we have outgrown it and wish to offer our patrons an even more magical theatrical experience. We have signed a lease for a new home at 20 S. Fir Street, right in the heart of Medford’s downtown district. The theater will be a 99 seat modular black box theater placed within a historic building (The Palm Building) which was built in 1916. This beautiful structure has a wonderful brick wall interior with an Art Deco exterior that gives you the feeling that you’re entering into a 1920’s Vaudevillian venue. This new home is close to restaurants, is located across Main Street from the Craterian’s new Collier Arts Center complex, two blocks away from the Holly Theatre and has ample parking both on the street and at the parking garage on Evergreen Street between Main and 8th. A beer tap room is planned for the location in the future. Guests to the Randall will be able to come in and fill their Randall Theatre growlers and also drink from their Randall Theatre pint glasses at their seats during the shows. The two block radius around the theater will be “THE” place to be.
HOW MUCH MONEY IS NEEDED?
Our actual goal for the campaign is $25,000. This would complete all the projects we wish to do to the new space. However, that is quite an amount. Therefore we are asking for $9,800 through this campaign to fund the chairs and seating risers. We feel that the amount we are asking for can be easily reached if people contribute AND share the fundraiser with others.
WHAT ARE WE USING THE MONEY FOR?
The modular theater seats are 22" wide (maximum width a theater seat is made), have extra cushioning with lumbar support and arm rests. The seating risers will be able to be configured into any seating arrangement we would need and will 3 tiers. Once the seating and risers are purchased (the $9,800), any extra money (if any) will go towards:
* Fire proof curtains
* Materials to construct the modular technical booth
* Materials to create our patron lounge
* Wall construction to separate the actor areas from the patron areas.
We are looking into various grants that are available, but they are not assured and more help is needed. Although we do have a small nest egg of funds, those funds normally go towards paying for the rights to perform our productions (which can be anywhere from $1,200 to $4,000 a show for just the rights alone). We are coming to you to ask for your financial support.
It is our policy to keep the COMMUNITY in COMMUNITY THEATRE. We are offering patron perks that will benefit you in many ways. Anything from $10 to $1000 (or more) is indeed welcome. All donations are tax deductible.
Everyone involved will benefit from this. It will allow The Randall to carry on for many more years of service to the community and it will provide current and future generations with an even greater theater-going experience that you will only find at this neighborhood theater.
To our donors, enjoy your rewards! We've tried to make them a great value for your donation bracket. We hope to see you all soon - and if you're not from the area, we hope one day you get the opportunity to visit us!
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR DONATION!
SPONSOR $10 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019.
SUPPORTER $25 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, 2 comp ticket coupons for ONE show.
STEWARD $50 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, 4 comp ticket coupons for ONE show.
SANTA $125 (BRICK WALL PLAQUE) - Recognition in program thru Dec. 2019, 4 comp ticket coupons for ONE show plus invite for 2 to Gala.
SEATING SPONSOR $150 (SEATING PLAQUE) - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, 4 comp ticket coupons for ONE show plus invite for 2 to Gala.
SWEETHEART $200 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, invite for 2 to Gala, plus 2 season passes, seating or wall plaque, name on lobby appreciation plaque.
SAVIOR $300 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes, seating or wall plaque, name on lobby appreciation plaque.
SULTAN $500 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes, dinner at Porter’s Restaurant and theatre for 2 with Director, seating or wall plaque, name on lobby appreciation plaque.
SAINT $1000 - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes, dinner at Porter’s Restaurant and theatre for 2 with director, name(s) on pre-show promotional video, seating or wall plaque, name on lobby appreciation plaque.
SUPERSTAR $1,100 and above - Recognition in program thru Dec 2019, invite for 2 to Gala, 2 season passes, dinner at Porter’s Restaurant and theatre for 2 with director, name on lobby appreciation plaque, seating or wall plaque, name(s) on pre show promotional video, name as a sponsor of a show of your choice in 2019.
WHAT IF I CAN'T DONATE?
Not everyone is in a position to give, so, if you can’t give financially, all we can ask is that if you like what you’ve seen here, and if you think the Randall Theatre does make a positive impact in our community, please share this project with just ONE person. That’s it: just one person, on your Facebook wall, or blog, via email or twitter or word of mouth, just help us get the word out there. We can also use people experienced in construction. Share our video by clicking here!
When you share this information, just don't simply share it, take a little time to let people know why you feel it's important they give? Why is the Randall important to you? What difference has it made in your life? How about the lives of others? Why is it important for theater to have a heart?
What are the risks and challenges that come with completingour project, and how are we qualified to overcome them?
The challenges we face are ones that the Randall has faced from the beginning. We are not a multi million dollar theater company. We survive through our patrons support. Everyone at the Randall Theatre is a volunteer. We all work hard for the love of our art. It is a risk to take on a new location when our ticket prices are some of the lowest in the Rogue Valley.
If we are unable to get the funding we require for the improvements, we are prepared to move forward with the new location. Although the seating may have to be less comfortable than we want until such time we can afford the new seating system, we will mount our productions regardless. Our desire is for the comfortable seating to be there on time, but we will make due and hope our patrons understand that the seating is just temporary.
In regards to the tech booth, we can do as we have done at our old location, simply make due. Our patrons who have been with us from the beginning will understand if we aren't perfect. As they say, the show must go on!
The future of The Randall, a theater with a great goal, is in your hands. I have special thanks to give to Kathy Wing for her never ending help and support and to all of our friends, patrons & VERY valuable volunteers I say a huge "Thank you!"
Last but not least, to my wonderful wife who supports me in all the crazy things that I do. Without her help and support, guidance and listening ear, I would never have been able to start the Randall Theatre. She is like no other woman I have ever known.
To learn more about the Randall Theatre Company of Medford or to join our email newsletter, go to www.randalltheatre.com.
The Randall Theatre - Where Magic Happens.
"Community Spirit, Professional Standard