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Bluewater Summer Playhouse needs your help!

By: Bluewater Summer Playhouse
July 5, 2017
 
 

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse was founded 24 years ago as a Kincardine tourist attraction and remains the only professional theatre in Bruce County. From the beginning, we have shared thousands of performances with our community. However, our impact goes well beyond individual performances.

We have employed more than 60 summer students over the years. This provides local students, who have a passion for theatre, an opportunity to learn from theatre professionals and earn important summer income.

We operate a summer drama camp for up to 50 youth per year, aged 6-12 years. This helps our local youth develop live performance skills, confidence and a love of the arts.

We attract an audience from across southwestern Ontario, the United States and abroad. Approximately half of our audience comes from outside Kincardine. We know many come early to shop and have dinner in Lakeside Downtown Kincardine before attending our performances – something our restaurant owners confirm.

Studies have shown that a majority of Canadians believe live theatre is important to the community, that it attracts visitors and that the average Ontario Arts and Culture tourist will spend twice as much as a typical tourist per trip.

Recently, we approached Kincardine council about forgiving some rent arrears that have accumulated over a few years. We have seen increased competition for fund-raising dollars and, as well, for community and arts/culture grants. In this era of YouTube and Netflix, attendance for some plays has suffered. All of this has contributed to the rental arrears.

While council has declined the request to forgive any rent arrears, it did agree to allow repayment of past due rent over a five-year period.

We want our community to know that we remain firmly focused on success. As a non-profit, arts organization, it is always a balancing act between budgets and affordable ticket prices. We have, however, fine-tuned our budget so every dollar goes farther.

Our administrator donates the majority of her time and is implementing new ways to promote our program. We have adjusted our mix of performances to maximize attendance. We are seeing results. Our 2017 ticket sales have been stronger than many previous years, reflecting the work we have done to ensure long-term viability of our theatre.

NOW WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP! These rent arrears are a threat to our plans.

We are asking 150 people to invest in a $100 membership so we can rapidly pay out the rent arrears. Each membership entitles you to two tickets to any performance plus a $50 tax receipt! Or, if you prefer, a $100 tax receipt!

PLEASE CALL our Box Office at 519-396-5722, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or visit www.helpbsp.com anytime to make an on-line payment.

Thank you for helping us continue to attract visitors to our downtown merchants and restaurants, and support youth and arts in our community. Most of all, thank you for helping us keep professional theatre vibrant in Kincardine and Bruce County!

Bluewater Summer Playhouse
www.bluewatersummerplayhouse.com

 

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