Although it’s only the end of March, can you believe we are already planning for our 2017 season of shows?! With so many variables and things to consider, building a performance season is an ongoing process, and we would like to give you the opportunity to suggest what YOU would like to see on our stage. After reading the post below you will have a chance to fill out a form and help us as we plan for the year ahead!
So what goes into choosing the season, anyway?
There are so many factors that are taken into consideration when planning a season of productions, including when the show was last performed in the area, the type or size of cast required, the month the show will be performed, who will direct, what sort of content is involved, what the set or props will require, how much the royalties cost, etc. We work hard to plan a season that not only fits in the Arts Centers schedule, but that fits with the schedules of the volunteers who will be working to put on the show and the audience members who will be attending.
Who chooses the shows?
The Arts Center staff works together to plan the season, along with suggestions from directors, producers and board members. A large number of shows are suggested and then narrowed down as they are discussed. The discussion may include questions like, has this show been performed at the Arts Center before? If so, when and what was attendance like? What sort of audience do we expect will want to see this show? Has another theatre in the area recently performed this show, or do they plan to in the near future? Are the rights currently available to community theatres, and if not, will they be available soon?
Does it cost money to put on a show?
Yes! And what many people don’t realize is that nearly every show has royalty fees that are determined based on the size of the theatre, the number of shows being performed, how new the show is, etc. Rates vary tremendously and while some older or lesser known plays are offered for minimal prices, many larger scale musicals cost thousands of dollars to perform. And that’s just to pay for the rights to the show! After the royalties are secured, money goes into the set, costumes, props, marketing, etc.
Can audience members make suggestions for upcoming performances?
Yes you can! We would love to hear your suggestions for what you would like to see on the Arts Center stage, and why. By clicking the link below you can anonymously fill out a suggestion form!
Submit your comments here!