Fundraising...Building for the Next 50 Years
We are fortunate in that our foresighted founders purchased and converted an old bakery into the cosy theatre that has been our home for 50 years. Time has taken its toll however, and now it is time to plan for refurbishment and extension to ensure the next generation enjoys all that Williamstown Little Theatre has to offer.
There was fundraising 50 years ago to help with the the bakery-to-theatre conversion, the only time our members and patrons have been asked for contributions. And so now, at the beginning of the next 50 years, we're turning to our loyal patrons for help with fundraising to help this project.
Floorplans and concept drawings of our exciting plans are on display on the large screen in the outer foyer.
You can support WLT via donation... a letter to our supporters:
Dear Supporter of Williamstown Little Theatre
Earlier this year, in a place many thousands of kilometres away, I saw a production of The Sound of Music. It was community theatre at its finest. Where long before the lights came up, all the hard work had been done. All of it.
There must have been 90 people on the stage that night and at least another 90 involved behind-the-scenes. It was an expensive production and it showed. It was a brilliant production and it showed. Afterwards, while I was reflecting on the fact that this small town in the west of Ireland had nurtured my love for theatre and another little place in the west of Melbourne had grown that love, I bumped into one of the production team. He commented on my hoodie. “Where did you get that?,” he asked. And I smiled. “Fundraising”, I said. “Tell me about it”, says he. And so, I did.
I told him about the monster raffle and special cakes and themed drinks and the movie night. I told him about the garage sale and the huge success it was. And I told him about the hoodies and the T-shirts and he ordered one.
And I asked him how they managed to find the funds to put on such a massive production in such a small place. And he looked at me and he smiled and said, “we asked”. They asked their members, their supporters, their friends, their families, The local business community. Not everybody said yes but enough of them did. They asked. That simple.
As you know, we at Williamstown Little Theatre are currently planning a major refurbishment of our building. This plan is to ensure the continued existence of our company, to allow you and your family and the future generations of Williamstown to enjoy Community theatre at its finest in the place where it should be. Local and part of the community.
So, and for almost the first time in our history, we are asking. You who have supported our productions for probably more years than we care to remember. And we are thanking you. Not for any donations or time and talent you may offer as a result of this missive. No. We are thanking you for your support in the past and for your support in the future. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here so thank you. It is that simple.
Attached to this letter is the Playbill for next year. We hope you find it exciting and interesting and book your tickets early. We have added an extra section this year for you to make a contribution to our fundraising effort. Any donation big or small is appreciated and will be acknowledged.
You’ll also find an old school piggy bank on the counter throughout all of our shows in 2020.
News of the refurbishment will be made available. Plans are currently on display in the foyer and we hope you share the excitement we feel at what will soon be a much-improved facility for you to enjoy.
With all good wishes for 2020,
For and on behalf of Williamstown Little Theatre
EFT donations: BSB 013 456; account # 313156786, with reference "gift+your name"
Cheques (payable Williamstown Little Theatre) mail to P.O. Box 35, Williamstown Vic 3016
And of course please feed spare change into the Piggie at Front of House!
WLT TEE SHIRTS AND SUPER COSY, WARM HOODIES
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