The Bridgeport Theatre Company, which has produced a number of ambitious stage productions in the last year, is in a new home: the Downtown Cabaret. Now, they need to feel some love from lovers of live theater.
A Kickstart fund-raising campaign has begun. In two days, their drive has brought $570 from seven donors. 58 more days remain. If, by then, $5,000 isn’t raised — get this — the Kickstart fails and no money is delivered. Those are the Kickstart rules.
Their new season, which includes productions of “Hairspray,” “The Laramie Project,” “Lend Me a Tenor” and “The Music Man” (you can’t say their seasons aren’t diverse!) is starting with a “‘house warming party.” They can’t fund these productions through ticket sales alone. Like with other non-profit troupes, the box office draw brings in, maybe, half.
Their budget for the coming year is $100,000 — a modest amount when you think about it. It breaks down to $25,000 per show.
Theater is expensive, especially when you’re kicking off with “Hairspray”:
- Venue rental for rehearsals and performances: $3,000-5,000 per production.
- Royalties for our first production: around $3,000
- Administrative/production staff: around $6,000 per production
- Technical: $3,000-4,000
- Wigs for “Hairspray”: around $2,000