As Gus and I prepare for our 25th summer season here at Peterborough Players, I want to say thank you!
The Players has certainly accomplished much in the last quarter century.
With your help, the Players now offers something in every season. The Players has expanded from five plays in the summer to twelve plays throughout the year, augmented by the Arts on Screen series featuring high definition screenings from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the National Theatre in London, and more. The Second Company has grown to a nationally recognized summer internship program that has had great success in contributing to the careers of many theatre professionals.
The common thread through all of this has been you. Your attendance at the shows and your generous contributions have been the key to everything. The Players is your theatre.
A vibrant Peterborough Players contributes to the quality of life here in the Monadnock Region. A producing theatre with loyal audiences is a strong economic driver for the community. Thoughtful productions spark conversations. Entertaining shows provide an escape from the everyday. A strong internship program not only ensures the next generation of theatre artists, but also provides quality plays for children and families.
As I look back over 24 years, I don’t have a favorite production specifically, but I do have a favorite moment that repeats itself. I like sitting in the back of the house watching the audience watch the performance. While it is gratifying to hear you laugh at comedic moments, and to experience the cheers at the end of the show, I live for the silence. When everyone is on the edge of their seats and the room is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, I know we have made a real connection with you.
Theatre is a shared experience among the audience, the performers onstage, and everyone working backstage. In this electronic era, it is possible for all of us to be both wired to the world and to be totally isolated from each other. If you believe as I do that human beings are meant to connect with each other to share experiences, the Peterborough Players provides a very special place for people to come together.
Please make a generous contribution to the Annual Fund today. Ticket sales cover only 60% of our operating expense. We need your support. There is much still to do to secure the future of the Players.
You may return a check or credit card donation in the envelope provided. Or, if you prefer, call the Players’ office at (603) 924-9344, or visit www.peterboroughplayers.org and click on DONATE to make a secure online donation. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Fellow Peterborough Players, your donation will help us continue to provide the high-quality, meaningful entertainment that has enabled your theatre to keep on going and growing. We are deeply grateful for your support.
PS -- Your contribution is vital to keeping the Players vibrant. Thank you!