this past summer, a member of our acting company met a young family.
The mother, a native Louisvillian, has been coming to our free
productions since her father introduced her to the world of Mr.
Shakespeare at the tender age of eight. As a parent, she wanted her
children to have the same
childhood experience, but there is no free summer Shakespeare in St.
Louis. And so each year the
family drives four hours to enjoy our free performances in Old
Louisvilles Central Park. Thus a family tradition is born, nurtured
and carried on to the next generation.
It has been that way for 40 years.
I am proud
to announce that our 40th anniversary season was a huge
public success. Gorgeous
weather and wonderful productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night
combined to bring 42% more audience members to the heart of Old
Louisvilles Preservation District.
the good news. The bad news
is that we have a financial crisis on our hands.
We are nearing the end of our fiscal year and still must raise
$25,000. Each year, 90% of
the summer operating budget must be raised through donations.
We exist only through the generosity and support of organizations
like yours. Our 2000 summer
season cost $150,000 to produce. If
we had charged a ticket price, it would have been $12.37 per person.
your help. Funding from the Old Louisville Neighborhood Associations has
dwindled from an all time height of $5,051 in 1996 to this seasons
$1,125. Thats almost a
500% decrease over the past five years.
We cant sustain such financial hits.
years $1,125, Garvin Gate, Second Street, and Third Street matched
their previous donationsthank
you. 1300 South Third Street matched their previous donationthank
you. 1300 South Third Street increased its previous donation by 67%--a
hearty thank you. St. James
Court reduced its previous donations by 1200% and the Old Louisville
Council, Belgravia, Central Park West, Fourth Street, Limerick, and
Toonerville, all of whom have previously donated, gave nothing.
commitment to Old Louisville has not diminished.
Why has your support?
I hope that
this is simply an oversight on your part and that you will send us your
donation immediately. If
this is not an oversight, and you have issues and/or concerns about our
festival, I welcome your contacting me directly.
I would be delighted to attend one of your monthly meetings.
money is tight and there is no easy way to support all the deserving
causes that must come to your attention.
I ask you to please remember that the Kentucky Shakespeare
Festival makes a significant contribution to the quality of life in Old
Louisville. Over the past
forty years, we have provided free Shakespeare to over 500,000 people.
Your dollars will help keep our Festival alive into the next
yourself: What other summer event brought 12,126 people to Old
for your time and consideration. Please
help us continue the gift of free Shakespeare.
Your support will make all the difference.
Producing Director, Shakespeare in Central Park