Alright so, the second event that I was involved in was a fundraiser for a local non-profit children's theatre. It is a fantastic company that works with really talented youth in the community. The artistic director has a great love for theatre and is extremely passionate about kids and the importance art has in their life. As a student at an art/entertainment school I feel that more value should be placed on artistic endeavours, and I love that someone is so dedicated to helping youth fulfill/showcase their talents.
This event really just solidified what this theatre is all about and the presence it has in the community. It made the public more aware of what is offered, what the benefits are, and what the need of this growing company was at the time. What I mean by need is that as an expanding company, they desperately needed a permanent facility to practice in and also store props. At the time practices were held in any open space possible (typically backyards).
The purpose of Hullabaloo: Best of Bumbershoot was to highlight all the previous productions, as well as open the public's eyes to the future plans of the company. In the lobby was an art gallery set-up that displayed all the productions and highlighted them in various ways. For example, Willy Wonka was (fittingly) a candy bar! Each station, or plinth as I learned they are called, held something unique to each production (like what I just mentioned), as well as photos, props, and costumes. This just added to the fun of the event, and it was a tangible reminder of how much time, love, and effort is put into these plays. We also coordinated food and beverages with various stations (potato martinis for a farm play? yep, I think we nailed that one!).
After the reception in the lobby there was a full-length production in the theatre. As with the lobby, this show incorporated all the most-loved scenes from all the plays to date into one massive show. All the original cast came back for each piece, as well as a couple numbers (and hosting) from stage legend, Jeff Hyslop!
My role for this event was different than the one previous (I believe in continuous learning), and I took on the shared responsibility of decor. This was actually a much bigger job than I had anticipated because we had the task of working in food, creating/purchasing decor, and incorporating existing props in a way that flowed throughout the room and was visually appealing. Needless to say, this one was a lot of fun and got my childish creative juices flowing!
As for the success of this evening, I think it came more in terms of awareness than in profit. I'm proud to say that this theatre organization just purchased a space and is now moving toward a bigger and brighter future. I like to think we were sort of the springboard for this to happen, and I'm only too happy that we were able to help.