A2CT goes On with the Show

By |2010-02-18T09:00:00-05:00February 18th, 2010|Entertainment|

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre kicks off its new fundraising campaign On with the Show: the Campaign to Sustain Community Theatre on March 20 at The Corner Brewery. The campaign will run until the end of Civic’s fiscal year, June 30, with a goal of raising $50,000.
A2CT begins the campaign with its first-ever Chili Cook-Off/Beer Tasting/Silent Auction from 5-8 p.m. March 20 at The Corner Brewery. There will be 10 chili contestants, guest judges, beer tasting, a silent auction and commemorative beer glasses – all for just $20 per person.
Civic will also be launching a series of video stories from longtime Civic members on the A2CT Web site and on area web media outlets to support the campaign. The video series includes many wonderful reminiscences and stories from some of Civic’s most devoted and longtime members. A new video story will premiere each week on the Web site and in e-newsletters during the campaign.
“We have been very fiscally conscious and have weathered the economic storm better than many, but the fact remains that sponsorships are down 50 percent and grant funding for us is also down 50 percent,” said managing director Suzi Peterson. “Funding may be down, but the cost of presenting our diverse slate of performances has not gone down.”
“We continue to offer scholarships, youth theater workshops, camps and performances, as well as conducting extensive outreach to bring in more community members each year,” added program director Cassie Mann. “Without this campaign and the resulting infusion of financial support, it will be difficult for us to continue our ambitious season of shows and the range of programs and scholarships we currently offer.”
On with the Show started unofficially in late November with the announcement of a series of house parties as a way to acquaint the community at large with Civic’s history, mission and goals and to seek individual contributions. With dedicated support from the Board of Directors, house parties will continue over the next few months.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is one of the oldest community theaters in the country, and is one of the only non-professional theaters in the community. As such, it provides not only top-notch entertainment but opportunities for everyone in the community – regardless of experience or income – to participate in and experience live theater. Like the Michigan Theater (also founded in 1929), A2CT is truly a local treasure.
For more information on the chili cook-off or any of the On with the Show events and activities, call the A2CT office at 734-971-2228 or visit www.a2ct.org.

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