A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE FOOTLIGHTS THEATRE- PLEASE READ AND SHARE
The Footlights Theatre is FIGHTING THE FIGHT during this very challenging pandemic. While most theaters remain closed, I was blessed to reopen our doors in early July, providing live theater ever since.
BUT... trying to financially survive on a 25 seat occupancy (normally we seat 75) has been extremely stressful- especially with an average attendance of 10+/- per show. I went above and beyond the costly Maine state restrictions, protocol and guidelines to keep our patrons safe and healthy to the best of our abilities- but I also respect our patron's decision not to attend an indoor show at this time.
Bottom line, the box office barely covers rent and utilities- and sometimes, it doesn't. There is no extra money to save. Our patrons were extremely generous in March to keep the theater venue open for 3 months with their contributions. Without them, we would have had to close permanently 5 months ago... but miracles do happen, people are coming to see the shows, and somehow we're still here and open!
But now, it is time to FIGHT THE FIGHT again- with covid cases increasing and winter weather approaching, I do not know what the future holds for us, especially if there is another shut down, and I want to be prepared.
CONTRIBUTION CHECKS MAY BE MAILED TO
THE FOOTLIGHTS THEATRE
190 US ROUTE 1
FALMOUTH, MAINE 04105
OR YOU MAY CALL THE BOX OFFICE WITH A CREDIT CARD DONATION
I refuse to be a covid casualty... but this pandemic may make ME a "casualty" if I don't get some financial help to relieve some of the daily stress of "filling the seats" to stay open. I HATE asking for contributions, but this fight to stay open is bigger than me and I can't do it alone. I have been working as a staff of one since March- with the help of some amazing volunteers and a few incredible performers, we have managed to FIGHT THE FIGHT and stay open.
If you can contribute anything- no matter how big or small -I will gratefully accept it and be forever appreciative. If you know of anyone or any business that can contribute, please give them this information and have them contact me. EVERY cent is going back into the theater so we will still be here when this pandemic is over.
THANK YOU so much... on behalf of myself and everyone who loves the Footlights Theatre- THANK YOU. I promise you, as we celebrate our 8th year, I am NOT going to stop FIGHTING THE FIGHT- with your help (please share this post), we can and WILL reach our goal.
Michael J. Tobin Executive Artistic Director The Footlights Theatre 190 US Route 1, Falmouth ME 04105 207.747.5434
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