This marks the first week of a new fiscal year for Gulfshore Playhouse. Although the second half of our previous fiscal year was far from what we expected, one thing has completely exceeded our expectations: your steadfast support. While our traditional means of thanking you by producing live world-class theatre for your enjoyment is presently out the proverbial window, we will do our best to express the deep depths of gratitude we feel with words.
Thanks to you, we:
- Produced two summer productions, The Wizard of Oz and Les Miserables, in summer 2019 which featured nearly 100 students between the ages of 6 and 18. 30% of these students participated thanks to scholarships given by you, our generous donors;
- Workshopped three incredible new plays during our New Works Festival which received staged readings from a corp of incredible actors;
- Partnered with the Naples Philharmonic to provide 3,000 11th grade students from Collier County Public Schools the opportunity to witness Shipwrecked, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest;
- Welcomed our first ever touring production, New York-based Bedlam’s Saint Joan, a challenging and theatrically rewarding version of the George Bernard Shaw classic;
- Celebrated the Holiday season with the uplifting It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which reminded us that caring for and supporting one another during times of crisis can make all the difference in the world;
- Brought you the tale of dueling neighbors in Native Gardens, one of our top-selling shows of all-time;
- Laughed together during The Lady Demands Satisfaction, a rollicking, swashbuckling farce;
- Piloted the Youth Conservatory, a brand new after-school program for students aged 9-14;
- Served our wider community through the continuation of our ThinkTheatre in-school residencies and In Flight: The Story of Sabine Van Dam touring performance;
- Created virtual theatrical opportunities for you with our Artful Distancing and Broadway Masterclass series;
- Made considerable progress on the design for our new Theatre and Education Center.
Although this has not been an easy time for anyone, we thank you for weathering this storm with us. Whether you have given a fully tax-deductible donation at any point this year, donated back the cost of your tickets to us, or accepted a credit for next season, your support ensures that we will emerge strong and able to produce once more when this is all said and done. Your generosity sustained us financially through this turbulent time, but more than that, it gave us hope and resolve. Because of you, we are entering this fiscal year with resilience, prepared to face whatever challenges may come. We hope to share more good news with you, and as always, we look forward to our next meeting.
With sincerest gratitude,
Your Gulfshore Playhouse Family