Applause Community Theatre

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Applause Community Theatre - Recovering in 2021-2022

Applause is holding our 55th season of shows in the 2021-2022 season.

Like most of the theater industry, 2020-2021 was a challenge, to put it mildly.  After cancelling the final show of 2019-2020 and the fall show in 2020-2021, Applause brought back the popular holiday show "Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas [by Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell] adapted for Zoom, in December.  Audiences [and the playwright] were enthusiastic in their response.  Proceeds from this production were shared with our friends at Dreamland Arts Theater.

We also expanded our new play reading series in 2021 by having free monthly new play readings, also on Zoom, in months we do not have a production.

In January, we presented "James Walters and the Case of The Miramar Murders" by Brian Cern, and "The Vending Machine" by Steve Fusselman.

In February; Chattered Ends by James Lundy and The Piano Teacher by Terry Newby

In March:  Flood Times and The Virgin Tony by Asher deForest, English-ish by Megan Gooden

In April:  Stop the Monsanity by Robert Lynn and Pop the Question by Ginny Luetgeb

We produced 2 one-act plays, on Zoom, on May 21-22, 2021.  

  • Do You Read Me by Kathryn Funkhouser
  • The Six Foot Kiss by Stephen Olson

We were hoping to be back on stage this fall but the resurgence of the pandemic has m0ved us in a new direction,  LIVE-STREAMING from Dreamland Arts Theater in Saint Paul,  While exciting, this has also resulted in over $2,000 in unanticipated expenditures for equipment, in addition to normal production costs that include:

  • Rehearsal space:  $1300-1500
  • Performance space:  $1000 - 1250
  • Royalties and music rentals:  $250 - 1000

By being frugal on other costs [and not being able to pay stipends to actors/directors/crew, which we would like to do], we can keep production costs under $4,500 per production.  Add in the cost of our annual participation in MACT Festivals and we have an operating budget of $15,000, small by local community theater standards.

Ticket sales account for 47-53% of the budget, as we are committed to providing excellent theater at an affordable price.

That's where you come in, we hope.  Would you please consider a one-time or recurring donation to Applause to keep the doors open?  100% of what we receive is applied to the costs of production.

We are thankful for any donation, from $5 to $5,000.  GiveMN does offer you the option of making a recurring donation [just like MPR] at any level.  You could, for instance,  donate $25/month, which annually pays royalties for one weekend.

Or even $10/month buys a script for one production. every month  You get the idea.

Thanks for your consideration.  And we hope to see you online on December 10-11 for our live-stream of "Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas"

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Note:  Our 2016 production of The Skin of Our Teeth received an excellent review from Lavender Magazine.  We welcome reviews from other publications, online or prnt.

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