Dear Friend of the Playhouse:
We would like to give you and other supporters an update on our current year. 2015 is looking to be another very good year for the goal to solidify our standing in the Hershey community as a first class community theatre. We will have completed 5 main stage shows by the end of the year plus an extra Christmas show. We will be producing the first stage production of the just released “A Charlie Brown Christmas” utilizing the talents of many of our children who have attended our Theatre Academy. Above all that, we produced six additional events ranging from Shakespeare to an contemporary production of a show called “Edges” and will have presented the second year of a musical collaboration between Hershey High School and Milton Hershey School which we call “Sweet Sounds.” Our attendance will be up for the third consecutive year thanks to your continued support; however we need continued donations from supporters like you to help us reduce our building loan debt.
By the end of 2015 we will have been in our theatre for over 8 years and as can be expected, maintenance issues are upon us. While our volunteers have spent countless hours maintaining our theatre and cleaning after every production throughout the year, we are due to upgrade much of our sound, lighting and other technical systems to keep up with technology.
Our new five year construction loan was negotiated with Fulton Bank which has increased our monthly loan payment to $3541 which we are continuing to fund through operating revenues. At the end of 2015, our principle will have been reduced to approximately $450,000. Just imagine what we could achieve if we could reduce this monthly debt obligation which equates to over $42,000 per year.
Please remember that there are continued opportunities to be permanently remembered by purchasing framed posters of our past productions with a donation of $5,000. They will be placed in our main lobby area or on the stairway area with a plaque in the same fashion as the ones that are currently in the lobby area. Or you could consider becoming a Sustaining Supporter by going on our website www.hersheyareaplayhouse.com and checking the “Donate Now” button which gives you the opportunity to donate one time or on a recurring basis for as long as you desire utilizing your credit card.
As you plan your tax deductible charitable gifts for 2015, please consider Hershey Area Playhouse. We truly need and appreciate your support and look forward to your positive response.
Anthony J. Pingitore & Alexander Roca
Chairman Director, Fund raising
Special Note: I ask that you all give serious consideration to give to Hershey Area Playhouse as you plan your tax deductible contributions gifts for 2015. Karen and I have supported this cultural institution since its inception in 1998. We continue to be impressed by the growing ways that the Playhouse contributes to improving our cultural opportunities in Hershey. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
President, Country Meadows