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Q. How has the sluggish economy affected the Cape Playhouse?
A. Not surprisingly, the number of season ticket subscribers is off slightly. Given the economy and our busy lifestyles, we’re pleased that so many of our subscribers continue to support the Playhouse. As with every business on the Cape, we are definitely affected by the weather and the economy. There has not been the usual number of people coming to the Cape in the summer as in years past. That being said, we have been delighted with the very positive response to the Cape Playhouse by our patrons. There seemed to be more of an appreciation of the importance of the Cape Playhouse, its national profile, and how it is a major economic engine for the area, especially in light of the times we are currently going through. We hope that our subscribers and friends will take a more active part in bringing other people to the Playhouse who may not have been familiar, or have not had the opportunity to visit us in recent years. We are very grateful to all our patrons who have kept professional theater high on their priority list for entertainment and who continue to support the Playhouse in particular and the Arts in general on Cape Cod. Cape Playhouse audiences know that they can always expect a high quality show – whatever the production.
Q. What new initiatives has the Board been taking this year to help bridge the Cape Playhouse over this troubling economic time?
A. It's important that our subscribers, and all of our patrons and Cape Cod neighbors, understand that ticket revenues at the Cape Playhouse only provide about 2/3 of the revenue needed to operate the Playhouse and its campus. The balance must come from tax-deductible contributions. The Board will be requesting our subscribers, regular patrons and friends, via the CCCArts' Annual Fund Appeal to please be mindful of the contributions which must be raised to continue bringing these quality shows to the mid-cape region. We’ve undertaken several separate initiatives. For example, the outstanding whimsical Playhouse Campus painting by Elizabeth Mumford, which was commissioned by the Cape Playhouse to celebrate the Playhouse's 75th Anniversary, was reproduced by the Cape Cod Center for the Arts for fundraising purposes. We have fundraised for improvements to the Cape Playhouse building, including shingling, roofing and air-conditioning. Additionally, the Trustees have, via their "in person" presence before many performances have been engaging patrons entering the theatre each evening and encouraging subscribers to please renew their subscriptions. Also, the Trustees have been reaching out to the community in a more expansive way.
Q. We are just loving this show! Did you “book it in”? Where does it go from here?
A. One of the things of which we are very proud is that nearly every production seen on the Cape Playhouse stage, is produced, designed, cast, and built by us and our talented staff and crew. None of the shows are pre-packaged "tours". That means that we can "tailor" each production for our stage, and our strengths. It makes every production unique, allowing us to cast the best artists available from the world of theatre. The off-season is spent reading scripts, putting each show together, looking at schedules, casting the actors, hiring the directors, having discussions with designers, etc. When June rolls around our season is laid out, with one show playing at the Cape, the next show rehearsing in NYC, and the next "waiting in the wings" to start. Each show is truly a "CAPE PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTION".
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