Dear CCT friends,
If we haven’t met, my name is Judy. I started as a patron since CCT’s inception as a pop-up theater in a rug gallery and recently took over as board chair.
If you’ve attended some of our productions, you know they are nothing short of amazing! We just closed our 12th season with Peter and the Starcatcher, our biggest and boldest production to date, and dare I say, possibly our best. show. ever.
What you may not know is how much work actually goes into producing a show. Or how much it costs. I know I didn’t. This past year, CCT employed 24 local actors, 5 directors, stage managers, designers, wig builders, musicians, an artistic producer and box office manager. There’s rent, rights for the plays, administrative fees, insurance, accounting… a total budget of about $150,000 per year. Ticket sales only cover a third of these expenses. It’s true what “they” say, no one’s getting rich producing live theater.
Yet we are all enriched by the experience of losing ourselves for a couple of hours. If anything, the last few years have magnified the importance of this and how much we missed it and need it. Like most arts organizations, COVID took a toll on the limited reserve we had built up as we tried to navigate the shutdown and prioritized keeping our staff paid and healthy.
During this season of giving, if you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Cherry Creek Theater. Tomorrow is Colorado Gives Day and ALL donations today and tomorrow are boosted through a $1.4 million incentive fund.
Thank you for considering CCT in your annual giving this year. Have a healthy, happy holiday season!
Judy Todd, Board Chair