Let’s get started:
Fundraising/Getting-the-Word Out Techniques:
- Letters to annual subscribers
- Letters of explanation
- Ad layout sheet for Playbill Ads
- Community Businesses:
- Personal contact – with description of ad opportunities left with businesses
- Talk with parents of cast members – if they have businesses or work (boss might advertise)
- Sponsors – use pre-designed ad or logo in playbill and/or lobby poster of sponsors
- Cast members also have great ideas to raise awareness as well as funding: community discount card sales, car washes, candy bar sales, cookie dough pre-sales, Krispy Kreme Donut pre-sales (www.krispykreme.com/fundraising), bake sales, participation in local parades and events, handouts at the library. There is a whole host of ways to raise money without ‘begging’ or soliciting local businesses.
- For programs which are year-round or operate by special project, Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) offers opportunities to raise funds. In fact, it was through a Kickstarter campaign that this website project was funded.
- If your group has a website, using PayPal (www.paypal.com) to accept donations is a slick way too.
- Selling memorabilia from your program – t-shirts, CDs, DVDs, posters, bumper stickers, hats, calendars, or photographs to family is a great source.
Costuming – The following are some helpful hints and resources for the costumer in the production. There are many resources for fabrics, notions, and crafting materials, but we have found the following information to be valuable when designing costumes. Additional links are listed below; links I have found invaluable in researching period costumes, costume design, and how the ‘wheel had already been invented.’
Resources for Costuming:
- Simplicity Patterns – (www.simplicity.com)
- McCall Patterns – (mccallpattern.mccall.com) (also the link to Butterick and Vogue Patterns)
- Folkwear Patterns – (folkwear.com)
- Grandma’s Attic – (grandmasatticquilting.com)
- JoAnn’s Fabrics – (www.joann.com)
- Thrift Stores; specialty shops
- Closets at home or at Grandma’s house. You’d be surprised what you find.
- Costume loft at the venue or from other theatrical groups in the area
- Some shows require that you rent costumes from a professional business – many can be found on the Internet or at recommendations from the publisher.
Scripts – The following list of publishing and distribution houses will benefit anyone who is trying to find that next play or musical to produce; a perusal copy of a play, or information about the just what plays and musicals are available for production.
Resources for Plays:
- MTI Shows – (www.mtishows.com)
- Disney Collection – some shows require live orchestration for the performance.
- Broadway Junior Collection – These play packages provide a wonderful kit – director’s guide, scripts, educational materials CDs for rehearsal and performance music, choreography DVD (if applicable).
- Or, a parent or community member might have an idea for a script. New Artists Productions has one parent who has written 2 of our productions; Dan has written 10. *In addition to encouraging other opportunities, these scripts help reduce or eliminate royalty expenses too.*
- Samuel French – (www.samuelfrench.com)
- Rodgers & Hammerstein – (www.rnh.com)
- Dramatic Publishing – (www.dramaticpublishing.com)
- Eldridge Publishing – (www.histage.com)
- Heuer Publishing – (www.hitplays.com)
- Nazarene Publishing House – (www.nph.com)
- Public Domain – (www.childrenstheaterplays.com)
- Public Domain – (www.playonscripts.com)
- Public Domain – (www.angelfire.com/scifi/theaterscripts/links.html)
- National Endowment of the Arts – (www.arts.gov)
- Pioneer Drama – (www.pioneerdrama.com)
- Center Stage Press – (www.cstage.com)
- Dover Publications – (store.doverpublications.com) – click on the link for Thrift Editions, then Plays, for public domain royalty free plays, plus less expensive scripts