2020 Annual Fund Drive


Support Our Mission

Dear Players Friends, near and far,

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all our lives dramatically. Sadly, it is not safe for us to be together right now to enjoy many of the things we love, including live theatre.

With the health and safety of our patrons, actors and staff as our top priority, we have suspended all performances through the end of 2020. Neil Simon’s Barefoot In The Park has been moved to April 30-May 2, 2021 and cancelled are: Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party; Something Rotten!; and our Children’s Theatre Project’s summer theatre camp and fall show (particularly disappointing as this is CTP’s 25th anniversary year).

While social distancing keeps us from gathering in person, the Community Players of Concord, NH is committed to finding new ways to stay connected to you. Over the coming weeks we look forward to communicating with you through new and exciting platforms. Stay tuned! We need theatre in our lives right now and we will have it.

In the meantime, the Players organization faces a steep financial challenge. The overhead expenses of our Players Studio and organization will “go on” even though the shows cannot. Ticket sales and other show-related revenues normally cover approximately 80% of our budget, but with no live shows for the rest of 2020 and perhaps longer, we must find other ways to cover insurance, utilities, snow removal, general maintenance and other expenses.

Our Board of Directors hesitated at first whether to go forward with this, our regularly scheduled Annual Fund Drive, aware that the pandemic is causing financial hardship for so many. The answer soon revealed itself – we have no choice but to ask our supporters for help. By our estimates, we must raise a little over $30,000 to survive this year and to be financially able to begin producing shows again when the time is right.

We know that you and others value and appreciate theatre and the experiences that the Players have provided over the years. Please consider making a gift of any size to the Community Players of Concord, NH. Information about giving either online or by mail appears at the end of this email.

With your help, we will get through this! Our president, Chris Demers, reminds us that teamwork and resilience have characterized the Players throughout our 93 year history.

A Video Message from President Chris Demers

As we create a path forward, we know that your collaboration will be integral to the success of the Community Players of Concord, NH. Thank you for your steadfast support and belief in our mission “to encourage, foster and promote the participation by amateurs in all phases of the theatrical arts.” We look forward to seeing you again at the theatre.

Until then, stay safe and well.

Blessings,


Wayland Bunnell
Annual Fund Drive Chair

P.S. To donate by CHECK, would you please complete the donor information form found here and mail it with your check so that we may provide our thanks and an acknowledgement for your tax records? Questions? Feel free to email me at wtarrytown@aol.com. Thank-you!

 

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