‘Tis the Season for Giving…                                                                             

 

December, 2020

Over the past 20-years, the Granite Theatre has held the distinguished position of being Westerly’s sole community theater, providing live stage performances, mentoring for aspiring students in the performing arts, and a place for playwrights, and local and regional actors and actresses to hone their craft.

This would not be possible without the support, patronage, and involvement of each of you – our neighbors and businesses, and for that, we are deeply grateful.  Thank you.

We hope that your lives and social entertainment experiences have been enriched over the years through the Granite Theatre’s various productions both in-theater as well as in the community. 

Keeping pace with Westerly area’s 2020 entertainment preferences, the Granite began diversifying our program line-up adding improv-comedian performances and Disney-themed Special Event nights that engaged millennial and youth audiences alike and helped transform the theater experience from passive viewing to an active social event they can share with their friends. These shows were a huge success! The Granite plans to provide more diverse and engaging theater programs in 2021 to redefine the theater experience for younger audiences!

However, like many businesses in 2020, our live performance season came to a screeching halt in April with COVID-19 restrictions closing the theater. Since then, we’ve moved our shows to a virtual viewing platform; and though we’ve had measured success reaching on-line audiences, we’ve experienced drastic drops in both ticket sales and annual revenue.

It’s our ticket sales and popular live performances that generate more than 90% of the Granite Theatre’s annual operating revenue. A typical season features a combination of 8 live plays and/or musical productions and workshops that run for 8-9 days each. Losing such a large chunk of revenue is putting our ongoing operation and the ability to reopen next season at serious risk.

Would you consider making the Granite Theatre one of your year-end tax-deductible donations? Our urgent fund-raising goal is to raise $30k and your support, no matter the amount, will help us to pay heating, taxes, maintenance, and insurance bills and allow us to reopen next year, (when safe) and continue live stage performances.  We have a new and engaging program line-up for the 2021 season we’re so excited to bring you!

To donate, simply go to our website www.granitetheatre.com.

Until the curtains are raised and we see you at our next opening night, the Granite Theatre’s Directors, Actors, and Producers wish you, your business, family, and, friends safety, good health, happiness, love, and prosperity!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

 

Sincerely,

Dante E. Gulino, Jr. M.D., DDS

Board Member and team leader for Granite Theatre’s 2020 Holiday Fundraising Campaign

 

 

Thank you for your gift today! We’re grateful for your support in keeping Granite Theatre a thriving member of Westerly’s entertainment community!  The Granite Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; EIN # 453485331.

 

The Granite Theatre needs your support. Like many businesses and non profits in the local area, we have been hit hard by Covid-19. If you or someone you know loves the Granite, and wants to help us, please consider making a donation.

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