Dear Friend of Tacoma Little Theatre:
Our next century has begun, and with it being our 101st, what better way to celebrate than with “A Season of Firsts”. It’s our first time performing each of our seven mainstage shows, and the first time that we are remodeling the auditorium. Calendar Girls was a wonderful way to start off the season, the most successful opening in the last 10 years. This is because of the support of you, our community, and your trust in this century old Tacoma treasure.
“I have so much pride when I say we are season ticket holders each year because I feel this theatre embodies what theatre is all about – heart, soul, and passion. You all bring it every single time with love!” -A TLT Season Ticket Holder
In June of 2019, TLT was honored to attend the American Association of Community Theatre Festival held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with our production of The Pillowman. TLT came home with top awards for Best Supporting Actor (Sean Neely), the Adjudicator National Award for Best Ensemble, Best Set Design, and Overall Best Set Designer for Bell, Book and Candle. (Blake R. York). TLT is now Washington’s Oldest National Award-Winning Community Theatre!
The “Grab A Seat And Enjoy” campaign for the auditorium upgrades is well on its way. Demolition is planned to start in June after the last performance of The Manchurian Candidate. When our 102nd Season begins, you will have an entirely new auditorium experience complete with new seats, seating chart, sightlines, and accessibility. These are all items that have been requested by our patrons for the past six years. We take your suggestions very seriously, so please always let us know what you’re enjoying, and what we could improve upon. TLT staff members are always available to answer your questions, and inform you about what’s happening in your theatre.
“Just wanted to tell you how brilliant A Little Night Music was. I'm always afraid to see a musical, as they all seem to demand the highest talent. However, like a fool, my smile was particularly broad all the way through this production as it found that talent.”-A TLT Patron after seeing A Little Night Music
TLT provides the South Puget Sound region with an education program serving youth and adults in the community year-round, helping them reach their creative potential. During the 2018/19 season attendance for this program continued to increase, and our Summer Camps were filled to capacity. Last season we expanded outside of our walls and have brought theatre to the schools of Pierce County with our Students on Stage (SOS) program. Through SOS and our Scholarship Program, TLT is committed to providing access to Performing Arts education to every child in our community.
“She learns how to work as a team and support others, which, we as her parents like, as we know that is lifelong. She loves spending time with friends she's made there and singing.”
“We can't speak highly enough of this program. We are eternally impressed and grateful. Thank you! All we want to know is...when's the next one!?” -TLT Parents after Summer Camp
Your generous donations have helped sustain TLT for over 100 years along with the performing arts in our region. It is only through the continued support of our community members that the arts can thrive. We offer a range of donation options that are listed at the bottom of this letter. You can even pledge your donation amount over a monthly or quarterly payment schedule. If you are interested in establishing a legacy gift of support through planned (estate) giving or stock transfers, please contact me directly. Remember that any amount helps us, from $1 to $10,000. TLT is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and may be fully tax-deductible (please check with your tax advisor).
If you have already donated to us this season, thank you! If you are considering donating to us now, thank you! Please fill out the bottom portion of this letter or visit us at our website, www.tacomalittletheatre.com, to make a donation online. To donate over the phone, you may call me personally at 253-272-2281. It’s always a delight to have the opportunity to speak with you, one of our generous patrons that will keep TLT thriving into the next century.
All my best,
Managing Artistic Director