How to re-build a theatre in ten easy steps
1. Find the perfect place. Check.
2. Move all your crap from the dusty, dingy storage place it’s been hanging out in for four years. Wonder why you kept some of the crap you did. Check.
3. Find a fabulous project manager named Ben who will:
- plan what needs to be done and in what order to be ready for April 29 opening
- organize crews of brawny volunteers to put everything together
- manage volunteers, channel their excitement, make sure they are fed and thanked appropriately
- keep the directors appropriately updated on progress, needs, spending etc.
4. Find a fabulous designer named Daniel who will:
- Design the best way to fit a theatre into a shoebox, getting the most number of seats and the largest stage, while adhering to safety regulations
- Lead the volunteer crews on building a lovely, sound-proof stage, a back wall to the stage that can be exceedingly flexible for whatever kind of scenic design will be needed for future productions, and audience risers built to safety standards
5. Round up volunteers who are willing to donate lunch to the weekend volunteer crews. Check.
6. Send out a campaign letter announcing to your fans that you’ve found a new home and you need donations to rebuild it. Coming soon.
7. Hold auditions and round up cast, directors, designers and stage managers for an exciting four-show season. Coming soon.
8. Get another volunteer crew together to organize the storage loft, including office, costumes and props. Get rid of a lot of the crap you kept that you shouldn’t have. (See #2 above.) Set up and decorate the new lobby with box office and concessions areas. In progress.
9. Hold a “sneak peek” open house on April 3 (Arts Alive!) for people to come by, see the new space and get all excited!
10. Have a Gala opening night (May 1) with a fabulous show (Glorious!) with all our lovies and fans in attendance, and thank the HELL out of everyone who helped bring the dream together and for all the years of support. Cry a bunch.