2023 started off with uncertainty for Blue Springs City Theatre as we had to pivot our plans, and shift and become a mobile company; but despite the challenges, we have celebrated some real successes and the spotlight is on for 2024 as we continue to move forward
The first fun success of 2023 was awarding the Michelle Brown Memorial Scholarship to 5 deserving young people who have participated with BSCT over the years. The scholarship is funded with donations and 5% of all ticket proceeds. Come to a show, and send a kid to college!
Our Youth Company performed Mockingbird by Julie Jensen at the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) YouthFest last June, bringing home accolades from the audience, and several awards (Outstanding Technical Achievement, Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble, and 2 awards for Outstanding Achievement in Acting). Our young actors also had the opportunity to participate in theater education workshops and mentoring, and even met Broadway actor Ben Cameron!
In September, we held our first "Theatre in the Park" at Rotary Park, bringing a modern and heartwarming adaptation of the story of Robin Hood in Marian or the True Tale of Robin Hood. The show was fun for audiences and actors alike, and everyone enjoyed the outdoor experience in the comfortable fall temperatures. We plan to return to Rotary Park in September 2024.
We are excitedly kicking off our next production, Mary Poppins, with performances at the Blue Springs South Performing Arts Center March 21-24, 2024, and look forward to announcing two more productions for 2024.
We are thankful for all our supporters, including both All Saints Lutheran Church and First Christian Church of Blue Springs. Both congregations opened their doors to provide us with rehearsal space, allowing us to continue doing what we love, and providing a safe and welcoming space for anyone interested in participating with us.New for 2024, we are very excited to announce that we are seeking designation as the first-in-the-Kansas City-metro Penguin Project chapter, and the 2nd Penguin Project chapter in the state of Missouri. The Penguin Project is an award-winning, national theater program for children with special needs. We are in the beginning stages of planning our very first Penguin Project Production, a well-known Broadway-style musical cast entirely by special needs youth, and partnered with peer mentors. Announcements for this program will be made in early 2024, with the first performances planned for early 2025.We have been on the move, performing a variety of shows in a variety of venues! Your support will help us continue these valuable performing opportunities throughout the year - and continue our mission to support and promote the performing arts in an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment.We need you! Can you help us reach our 20 in 24 fundraising goal? Just 20 new recurring donors, donating at least $25 per month for 12 months, will cover the expense of renting venues for rehearsals and performances for the next 12 months!
Will you be 1 of 20?
Your monthly gift helps cover our operating costs (e.g, venue rental, stage equipment, insurance, etc.), so we can continue to provide performing opportunities to adults and youth of all backgrounds and financial means.
Make a monthly donation of at least $20 per month and receive this roll-up fleece stadium blanket as a thank-you from us!