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Client Profiles Community Theater

Client Profiles Community Theater

In our client profile series, we share the stories behind the people and organizations that use TicketPeak‘s e-ticketing software system. This week, we spoke with Meg Burkett, executive director of Menomonie…

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What does success look like for community theater companies? Is it sold out shows or subscription sell-outs? Does it come in the form of government grants and substantial donor contributions? Or is it simply the ability to say that you have produced a performing art piece of considerable quality?

So, how do you define success?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines success as the following:

  1. the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame;
  2. the correct or desired result of an attempt; and
  3. someone or something that is successful: a person or thing that succeeds.

While these are all completely valid definitions, I particularly like point 2; success is all about achieving a desired result or better yet, meeting goals.

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Love it or hate it, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge has taken the social media world by storm. Everyone from Matt Damon to your grandmother has participated and people are taking note! But you’re probably wondering why you’re reading about it here…what exactly does this have to do with your community theatre troupe or performing arts organization?

Well, much like our previous article about #TDThanksYou there are a few key elements that can successfully serve present or future performing arts marketing plans for community theatres. But first let’s take a quick look at the #IceBucketChallenge statistics!

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Being a community theater organization in this day and age is tough. Budgets are tight, competition is fierce, and waning audiences make staying afloat a daunting task. We don’t want to be the “Debbie Downer,” but we’ve put together a list of what we consider to be the five biggest community theatre problems as it currently exists.

Don’t worry though…it’s not all doom and gloom today. Be sure to read to the end of the article to find the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

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As a follow up to our previous post, Reinventing the Wheel, we’ve decided to highlight a few theatre companies that are finding new tools and ways to make the (re)imagined real! We hope that these examples become points of inspiration for you and your community theatre organization.

As previously mentioned, writers, artists, directors and actors have used his plots and characters as exceptional models and standards of excellence. In fact, the core and essence of his works are so fundamental to human beings that it is unlikely that the trend of reimagining his works will ever go “out of style.”

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If you’ve been following along with our blog, then you might have read our tips on saving your community theatre organization money. If not, check it out here!

One of the tips we previously mentioned was to produce plays that fall under the public domain. We’re hoping to help you get the ball rolling and the wheels turning, so we’ve decided to take a closer look at one of the most mainstream public domain playwrights: William Shakespeare. Whether its reimagined stagings, modern speech adaptations or movie adaptations, the Bard is perhaps the most popular playwright to rework and remold.

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As a follow up to our previous post on Three Innovative, Money-Saving Tips for Community Theaters, we are taking a closer look at a group of young opera singers that might just be the masters of minimalism.

The Bicycle Opera Project brings Canadian contemporary opera to communities across Ontario, Canada by bicycle. Yes…you read that right. They also tow everything that they need to showcase a variety of repertoire while on the road. The project was launched in 2012, when the troupe cycled to Peterborough, Port Hope, Belleville, Prince Edward County and Gananoque. The Bicycle Opera Project has continued to thrive and grow during each following summer.

Photo by Alice Irene of the 2014 Bicycle Opera Project Team
Photo by Alice Irene of the 2014 Bicycle Opera Project Team

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Everyone’s feeling the pinch…am I right? There are hands in our pockets at all times and community theater organizations are in the same boat as the rest.

Are you daunted at the thought of your organization’s upcoming season? Don’t be. We’ve put together some innovative (and just plain simple) ideas to help you lower your upcoming costs while still producing top-quality events.

Dream Big but Produce Small

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Think about producing shows with smaller casts. You should be able to save time and money on your rehearsal space costs because there are less people to block, direct, and correct.

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