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Thank You to Our Season 43 Sponsors:
BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Daniel Island Community Fund
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation
Hewitt Family Fund of Coastal Community Foundation of SC
The John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation
The Mark Elliott Motley Foundation
Peter Glenville Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Southern Lumber Millwork Corps
The Zucker Family Fund
Dear Friends of Charleston Stage:
We miss you. We miss opening the theatre doors and welcoming you in. We miss greeting you in the lobby. We miss your enthusiastic applause. We miss seeing you dancing in your seats at one of our musicals. So much has changed since we were last together. It has been a trying and challenging year not only in theatre but for the world as well. We have made plans, then backup plans, then backup plans to those backup plans. I know many of you share all of these feelings of stress and uncertainty and are not sure what might come next.
Many of you have been very, very generous over this past year, showing your support financially and emotionally and we can’t tell you how much this means to us. Even though we are not in production and selling tickets, we still have many expenses that need to be met. Though we have done our best to cut our budgets drastically, which include furloughing 19 of our 29 staff members, there are still forty-two years of costumes and sets that have to be stored and are just waiting for the curtain to rise again. Though no students cross our doors of our 10,000 square feet West Ashley Theatre Center, the expenses stay the same. We have been lucky to continue some of our education classes virtually, but we need to keep all of our facilities ready for when the day comes and we can safely welcome our students back in person. Though we have reduced operating costs from $250,000 a month to $70,000 there are still expenses and hard costs (rents, utilities, internet, etc.) that must be maintained.
Charleston Stage has been a Charleston favorite for over 40 years and we know we will take the stage again! However, we have to look at what it will take for us to ramp up once we know it is safe to return to the stage. After looking at our budgets and the many possible plans, we estimate it will take $550,000 to bring our staff, actors and production team back in order to be able to open our doors again in 2021. We know we have asked before, but you, our audience and supporters are the heart and soul of our theatre and together we know we can continue to bring over 40,000 audience members through our doors each season, over 20,000 lowcountry students to our school matinees at the Dock Street Theatre, and over 500 students to take classes at our West Ashley Theatre Center.
You mean so much to us. We know we can get through this together and when the time comes, we can’t wait to see you back at the theatre!
Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education
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