Let's Put on a Show: A Guide to Fun and Fundraising for Your Community Organization

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Allworth Press, Sep 21, 2010 - Business & Economics - 208 pages
• Everything a group needs, from first inspiration to closing night • Makes the complexities of a theatrical production easy for a non-pro to master • Filled with amusing, enlightening anecdotes from producers, directors, and players. Stop fussing with bake sales and overpriced gift wrap! The real money in fundraising—and the real fun in fundraising—is in putting on a show. A theatrical show can raise significant sums and, at the same time, create enduring community spirit. Step by step, Let’s Put on a Show covers everything needed: securing rights, choosing material, finding a venue, budgeting, scheduling, working with children, using musicians, building sets, handling lights, publicizing, and much more. Anecdotes from producers, directors, and participants share the agony, the ecstasy, and the just plain fun of getting a show up and making money for a good cause while doing it.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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Here is a fundraising book that incorporates the fun and excitement of live theater! Readers will learn how others have raised significant sums and created enduring community experiences by producing shows. Step by step, this volume covers everything needed to raise money by putting on a show: securing production rights; choosing material; selecting a venue; managing a budget; scheduling rehearsals; dealing with children onstage; using musicians, building sets; handling stage lights; publicizing a show; working with attorneys, accountants, and agents; and much more. Readers will learn how to save time, save money, and increase profits for their organizations and causes while having a great time. Anecdotes from producers, directors, and participants share the successes, failures, and near misses of those who have been there and a wealth ofresources for show management is provided. Anyone considering live performance as a way of raising money must have this comprehensive guide.

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