Can You Help Sell Out ArtsNashoba's 2020 Season
Thu, 09/03/2020 - 2:35pm Heraldgroton
Due to Covid-19, Groton’s ArtsNashoba had to cancel all shows planned for 2020, their spring show just a week before opening! When it is safe to do so, they say they will return (fingers-crossed spring ‘21!), but this year is a total loss for the youth theater organization in so many ways.
Aside from their first regret of not being able to continue playing with their talented kids and families, as an organization ArtsNashoba relies heavily on show ticket revenue to pay for production expenses, bolstering scholarship funds, as well as organizational obligations. In 2020 the group will see none of these proceeds, and will not recoup the losses spent on "Seussical", their 2020 spring musical which was scheduled for May. So like many, the team at ArtsNashoba is planning ways to continue moving forward so that they can get back into producing family shows involving kids eight to 18.
“We started out with a t-shirt fundraising campaign with J&S Business Products in Ayer,” said group leader Bonnie Marchesani. “They’ve always been so supportive so, if we could help them and help us, it was a win/ win. Unfortunately, to maintain our existing expenses, t-shirt orders weren’t going to be enough.” So the team, including Marchesani and Board members Sharon Bisantz (Lowell), Anne Cahill (Groton), JulieAnn Govang (Ayer), Jeff Smyth (Shirley) and Donna Dawson (Acton), has developed a fundraiser where people can still buy show tickets, even if they cannot see the shows.
“ArtsNashoba has such a strong following of audience supporters. We’re blessed to see many of the same faces show after show, and we love to present theatrical experiences to wonderful friends in our Sensory Sensitive community,” said Ex- ecutive Director JulieAnn Govang. “It’s so sad that we cannot share these things in person during 2020, but we thought that, since friends would have attended our shows anyway, they might be in a position to buy tickets in spirit so that our 2021 return will be guaranteed.”
Hence the beginning of the Full House Campaign. For just $10, you can buy a ticket to one of ArtsNashoba’s 2020 shows and help them sell out this season! Added Govang, “We have 1600 seats we can sell each season, so maybe our audiences, community members and corporate supporters can help us to fill them.” Sadly, these are not actual tickets and there will be no shows, even socially distanced, but for your donation, ArtsNashoba will thank you personally with a personalized sign on seats during their next production so audiences can join the group in recognizing your support. You will also receive a mention in their season program as a Full House Fund Contributor.
Nationwide, theaters and theater companies are suffering great loss and/or closing down because they cannot beat the damage this virus has caused. You can help ArtsNashoba from becoming a statistic. The box office is open at www.artsnashoba.org. Show tickets are just $10 each, though all donation amounts are also welcome and appreciated. (You would be very surprised by how much a theater producer can stretch a dollar!)
ArtsNashoba has NO intention of letting Corona get the best of them. Will you help, too? For more information about how you can help bring arts to youth and youth to the arts, drop a line to email@example.com, reserve your seats online, or send donations to ArtsNashoba, P.O. Box 716, Groton, MA 01450- 1255.
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