Our students need us unconditionally this season.
Unprecedented times call for unprecedented support.
This is a transformative time in many ways. It has proven to us that sometimes different can be really, really exciting. It has moved us outside of our comfort zones, often with surprising results! The live performance industry is largely shut down and those of us committed to educating theatre artists have an opportunity to empower our students with the tools they’ll need to shape the future of theatre and to thrive “outside of the box.”
The WMU Department of Theatre joins thousands of creative organizations across the globe who are being forced to reimagine how they present art in the current environment. It demands innovation, bravery, and a new set of expectations on the part of both artist and audience.
This year, we’re asking our subscribers to invest in our students in a unique way during this unpredictable time. Currently, we’re unable to plan shows and events too far into the future. Your support will enable us to carry out a few planned events and allow us to be nimble and responsive in how we plan and present additional programming. As a contributor, you’ll receive access to everything we present through December and enjoy some exclusive donor events with students and alumni that will give you an insider’s perspective to the entertainment industry.
What do we have planned so far?
- A reimagined, outdoor production of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George playing at WMU in the Miller Fountain Plaza outside of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. September 18 – October 4.
- An original piece of immersive theatre that takes you on a socially distant adventure in various locations throughout the Gilmore Theatre Complex and surrounding areas. Audience groups will move through this theatre experience in groups of 8, with household groups maintaining a 6-foot distance from each other at all times. Audience groups will never be more than 12 minutes or so in any space and will be at least 12 feet from all performers.
- In addition to these two events, we have plans to invite you to enjoy the work of students in a variety of settings, both online and outdoors! We are hopeful the weather holds and, if so, our Music Theatre Performance students can share a lunchtime outdoor concert; we plan to create virtual material that can be shared with children in their homes or their school. We have many ideas on the table and will continue to be ambitious as we navigate this uncertain time.
Masks are required to be worn by performers, staff and patrons at all times, at both indoor and outdoor events. If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, we are unable to make an exception. We will be providing some virtual experiences that you can enjoy at home and we’ll look forward to seeing you in person when it is safe to do so!
The arts need us, especially now. And they need us unconditionally. Students across the country need financial resources to create work as part of their training, regardless of how we are able to interact with it. If you are unable to join us on campus, we hope you will consider giving in some way and take advantage of what programming you can.
Your support is crucial in ensuring that the education of our young artists will be ongoing – even in the face of the greatest challenge live performance has faced in decades.
- $50+ (Single): receive 1 ticket to each of the scheduled events, free access to all other programming through December, and invitations to exclusive donor events featuring students and alumni held online.
- $100+ (Double): receive 2 tickets to each of the scheduled events, free access to all other programming through December, and invitations to exclusive Advocate events featuring students and alums held online.
- $250+ (Guardian Angel): Be a 2020 Guardian Angel who deserves everything and more! Consider giving more and receive double the tickets and all of the benefits above.