Support Live, Local Theatre This Holiday Season
One of the things I’m often asked by my family and friends is “Kim, if you sell tickets to your shows, why do you have to fundraise?” And that’s fair, because on the face of it, if we’re “retailing” our product it seems like it should pay for itself. But the reality of producing live theater is this – ticket sales only cover a part of a theatre company’s annual budget. At the Dragon Theatre, ticket sales cover about 35% of the annual budget, and concessions, classes, and renting out the space kick our earned income up to almost 50%. That means that HALF of our annual operating budget comes from other sources – mainly individual donations from people like you.
When we put on a show, your ticket helps pay the actors, the designers, the rights to the show, and buys things like costumes and sets. But what the ticket price doesn’t cover are the big things like RENT. If we have a show that sells like crazy then it certainly helps us pay some bills that month, but we have to fundraise to keep the lights on and the doors open.
When you hear about companies like The San Jose Rep and the Renegade Theatre Experiment suspending operations, it’s not because they don’t love their art and make beautiful theatre. It’s because paying the rent is really, really hard.
I love working in the theatre and I never ever never want to act. You’ll never see me up on the stage (unless I’m in tech blacks moving some scenery around). My passion is for making theatre. I want to continue to grant dreams with the 2nd Stages program and to produce quality, challenging, thought-provoking theatre in the Main Stage season. I love hiding in the audience and listening to the gasps and laughter because I know that all the blood, sweat, and tears paid off --- we’re touching people’s hearts and souls. And because you keep showing up to watch our crazy beautiful shows I know you’re just as big a fan of our little theatre as I am.
I’m hoping that you can find it in your budget to help us meet our budget. Whether your donation is $10 or $1000, every penny counts. I know from experience that it’s often hard to write that big check that you want to write, which is why I sometimes opt for monthly gifts. For example, if I commit to $25 a month to my favorite charity, I’ve found that it’s less than my usual monthly Starbucks bill and I don’t miss that $25. By the end of the year I’ve donated $300 to my favorite cause.
To donate, just click on the yellow button to the right - you can choose to make a one time donation or a monthly donation with any major credit card or PayPal account.
However you choose to support the Dragon Theatre, be it with your participation in our audience or via a donation, know that we are all so very grateful that you choose to support live, local, theatre. Here’s to season 15 in 2015!
Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Give the gift of live theatre this holiday season with a Dragon Theatre Gift Certificate! Buy a single ticket or splurge on the VIP Box, which seats up to 4 people and includes champagne and chocolates!
Due to a change in circumstances, the Dragon Productions Theatre Company’s 2015 season will open with the 2nd Stages production of The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus and not Kid-Simple: a radio play in the flesh as previously announced.