Arts Council launches funding campaign

Underwriters needed for Broadway musicals
Jun. 15, 2014 @ 04:45 AM

Rutherford County Arts Council has launched a fundraising program offering three ways to support its annual Broadway musical production and other arts programming in Rutherford County. 

This year’s event will be Rogers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, to be presented at The Foundation on August 1. Support may be given as a member of the Choregoi, a Production Patron, or an Annual Patron.

The Choregoi Campaign, is based on the theatrical custom in ancient Athens whereby public spirited citizens underwrote the cost of the annual drama festival.

Arts Council director Matthew McEnnerney stated “We have received many requests for more Broadway productions like our recent efforts including Oliver, Camelot, Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. While we love doing these shows, they are extraordinarily expensive to produce in the manner they were intended, so after thinking it over, the idea occurred to emulate the ancient Athenians and ask prominent citizens to become the producers, or underwriters, for the effort.

A fund-raising event was organized late last summer which proved quite successful and led to the launch of the current production of The Sound of Music. However, only a portion of production costs can be covered by that initial effort, and we still need to raise more money.”

The Arts Council is inviting additional individuals and families to take part. Households donating $2,000 or more will be included in the Choregoi roster as producers of the show, will have first choice of seats at the performance, and will be guests at the annual Choregoi feast and entertainment to be held the Saturday of the week following the performance of the Summer Musical (August 9 this year).

Those wishing to participate may mail their contributions to “Choregoi, Rutherford County Arts Council, PO Box 44, Forest City, NC 28043, or make their contribution while purchasing Sound of Music tickets beginning Wednesday, June 18, at the Foundation Box Office, 828-286-9990. The box office will open to the public on Tuesday, June 24. 

In announcing the Choregoi Campaign, the Arts Council stated that, as in the past, there will also be an individual Production Patron support level, where individuals contribute $100 or more in addition to the cost of their ticket.Those wishing to become Production Patrons may make their contribution while purchasing tickets, also starting Wednesday, June 18.

A third category of supporter known as Annual Patrons, made up of families or individuals who are donors of $500 or more to the Arts Council’s annual budget, will also be accorded early box office privileges. 

All three categories, Choregoi, Production Patrons, and Annual Patrons will be guests at a pre-show reception in the Tanner Room of the Foundation Lobby prior to the show. All contributions are tax deductible.

For further information, call 245-4000.