NEW CASTLE PLAYHOUSE

SERVING LAWRENCE COUNTY, THE SHENANGO VALLEY, GROVE CITY, WARREN (OH) / SOUTHERN TRUMBULL COUNTY, AND NORTHERN TRUMBULL COUNTY

AMOUNT DONATED: $4,478

In 1958, the New Castle Playhouse (NCP) was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization. Since that time, we have been enriching the lives of our community through live theatrical performances, a goal that is clearly reflected in our mission statement: The New Castle Playhouse exists to foster community pride, civic renewal, and cultural enlightenment, through quality theater arts experiences, produced by the community, for the community. We strive to provide quality productions to our community, and also to provide those individuals with a desire to express their creativity through theater, a venue to do that.

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Giving Week Progress:

FUNDRAISING GOAL: $6,000

  Programs Supported by Your Donations  

The New Castle Playhouse produces over 50 live performances each season. The NCP offers theatergoers three straight plays, three musicals, an all-youth musical, and a special theatrical performance that celebrates diversity. The NCP also showcases the extraordinary talent of area youth through its musical ambassadors' volunteer program, the NCP MiniStars. These young performers have entertained senior citizens, local audiences, and the less fortunate through song and dance for decades. The annual Stars of Tomorrow program features the extraordinary gifts of area youth in two talent shows performed for the greater community. Several of the students receive college scholarships from the Playhouse during that event. The Rising Stars Theatre Camp provides children, ages 8 – 18, the opportunity to experience the world of live theater, dance, and the performing arts during a one-week theatre program, culminating in a capstone performance for family and friends. Since 2018, NCP has offered a summer dance camp, Summer SpecTAPular. This camp provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of dance, specifically tap dance, often featured in musical productions. Finally, NCP helps underwrite the cost of tickets to performances for underprivileged youth in the region.

  Needs that Cannot beMet without Your Help  

Regretfully, we were unable to open our doors for the 2020 season and most of the 2021 season, with plans to revive the balance of this season in October of this year. This closure left the Playhouse with a significant loss of revenue that is essential to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our fervent hope that through our community's beneficence, we can meet our 2021 overhead costs of close to $45,000 that would have otherwise been covered by ticket sales. The good news is that we can now see the theatrical lights at the end of the tunnel.

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