We have outgrown our shared spaces! Your Sun Lakes Community Theatre (SLCT) is unique!
Since 1988, we have served our neighbors in Sun Lakes as a theater company that has not had a home of its own! Over all these years, we have competed with other organizations for shared rehearsal space and performance venues! This limits our rehearsal time and the number and type of performances we can do. In addition, we have outgrown all of the spaces that we have been borrowing!
For over 30 years, SLCT has filled the void in accessible, affordable and convenient theatrical productions! Despite all the constraints of not having our own theatre facility, we have persevered to delight and wow our audiences.
While we are thrilled that our typically sold-out main-stage theatrical productions, children’s theatre, wildly-funny improv comedy troupe and theater education classes have become a vehicle for spanning generation gaps and building community, we are challenged to meet the ever-increasing demands of our growing audiences!
We are actively raising funds to find a permanent home!
Talk about building community! Having our own space where we can rehearse, perform, build sets and have safe storage for our technical equipment, props, costumes and sets would enable us to continue our mission!
The USA Today network has approved SLCT to compete in the grant, A Community Thrives, with awards of $100,000, $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000!
During the initial funding period (March 18 to April 12, 2019), we need to raise a minimum of $3,000 to compete in the ACT grant. However, we need to raise much more to demonstrate the support of our community! (Only donations $10 to $10,000 count!)
Four $25,000 grants will also be awarded to the campaigns that raise the most money through A Community Thrives on CrowdRise in 2019. All donations are tax deductible! Can you help us?
Gannett Company, publishers of USA Today, The Arizona Republic and AZ Central newspapers, the sponsor of this $100,000 grant, will open the challenge and make the button to start donations go live for the “A Community Thrives” Program on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (our local time).
To donate, please visit our CrowdRise webpage at: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/sun-lakes-community-theatre-arizona. The window for donations will end on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 9:59:59 a.m. For further information, contact Carol Horowitz at 480-895-0236.
Over the years, SLCT has broadened its scope beyond full main-stage productions by bringing highly-acclaimed children’s theatre productions to over 25 elementary schools annually in Chandler and by mentoring students at five Chandler high schools. Our improv troupe, the ImproVables, is the only such group in the area comprised entirely of senior citizens. Lifelong learners, our workshops offer members and interested non-members classes in beginning acting, advanced acting, storytelling and technical theater (lighting, sound) to continuously improve their skills.
As our audiences and outreach continue to rapidly grow, sharing our rehearsal and performance space with many other clubs and organizations no longer works! We no longer want to be vagabonds! We want to solidify our footprint in the community!
SLCT would like to raise funds to obtain a nearby permanent venue that will accommodate rehearsals, performances, audience seating and storage of essential materials and equipment needed to make live theater available and affordable for all populations, including the residents of Sun Lakes retirement communities and neighboring multi-generational communities.
Please help us and help our community to continue to enjoy live local theater!