Letter to the editor: Baldwin City Community Theatre disbanding
For the past 23 years, the Baldwin City Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences young and old. The BCCT has presented the community with many amazing productions, including dinner theatres, summer musicals, melodramas, murder mysteries, terror trains and cabarets. Additionally, area adults and youth have had the opportunity to actively participate in theatrical performances either on stage or behind the scenes. The BCCT has also supported the community by sponsoring a scholarship for college bound high school seniors.
The success of our local community theatre is highly dependent on volunteer support, both financially and through a commitment of time and talents. It has become a challenge to enlist help with the numerous duties that it takes to put on a production, especially the summer musical. Our organization has been further challenged by a lack of rehearsal space, as well as the expense and labor intensiveness of building an outdoor stage every summer for our summer musical.
Each year the summer musical takes $10,000 to $12,000 to bring a show to opening night and each year, the theatre does not come close to breaking even. At present time, our organization is struggling in the area of fundraising to support the expenses of a summer show.
The BCCT board members all have a passion for theatre, but have come to face a harsh reality. We are a small board of 5 individuals who have worked collectively to do our best to provide a theatrical presence in our community. It is a challenge to do this with limited resources of money and man-power. The BCCT board can physically only do so much. It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the BCCT is disbanding.
We thank those in the community who have supported our organization. Thanks for a wonderful 23 years.
Baldwin City Community Theatre