Island Stage Left's funding is almost entirely from voluntary contributions. Production design elements are kept deliberately simple and the concentration is on acting and interpretation. In this way the company is able to focus on the art of acting and on serving the island community of which it is a part.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 15:36
Island Stage Left has been providing free professional theatre in the San Juan Islands since 1997. Over 50 performances of Shakespeare, and classical and contemporary productions are performed since it's inception. Presenting three to four plays a year this company has become an island institution, providing many children and adults with their first exposure to professional acting and Shakespeare.
Although Island Stage Left collects voluntary donations (bucket at the gate), their survival largely relies on the personal dedication of Helen Machin-Smith and Daniel Mayes. The time has come to put Island Stage Left on a firm and sustainable footing to assure that Helen and Dan can continue their marvelous passion and that the company will continue to provide us all with world-class theatre well into the future.
In order to achieve long term sustainability, the board of ISL, in consultation with the San Juan Island Community Foundation, has developed a business plan which retains the founding vision of providing professional theatre to all island residents and visitors regardless of their income or financial status, while introducing two new special programs that will establish a reliable funding source. These programs will include an annual public fund raising event and the creation of a Sustainable Stage Left Star Circle Fund.
Individual or family donors contributing $1000 or more annually, will become members of the Star Circle. Star Circle members will be listed in the show programs unless they have requested to be anonymous. All members (couples) will be invited to a newly created, Star Circle Gala performance which will include a special preview showing of a selected performance coupled with pre-show cocktails, private dinner event and post show reception with the actors. This will be an annual event for Circle Members. No further donations will be solicited for any other performance. Circle members will also be able to call ahead for up to four reserved seats at any performance.
Donors contributing $5,000 or more will, in addition, have the opportunity to enjoy a special 'Spotlight Performance' at the donor's own private event at a time and place to be mutually agreed upon within the current performance season (conditions apply). A selection may be made from a choice of contemporary or classical ten minute mini-performances. Perfect for weddings, birthdays or anniversaries, this unique event may also be gifted.
Donors wishing to join us in making Island Stage Left sustainable should contact the San Juan Island Community Foundation at 378-1001 or drop in to our offices in the Mullis Street Technology Center.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 November 2012 14:50