Help us bridge the gap
Where We’re At
We are the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth NH. We are a year-round, professional non-profit theater. Our mission is to enrich the culture of the Seacoast through the shared experience of live theater.
In March, when businesses shuttered up and people stayed at home and waited to see how COVID would run its course, we transferred our theater into a film studio so we could pivot our live theater model into a livestream model. On March 18th, we broadcast our first livestream. Since then we have livestreamed 160 performances. From drag shows, to Cabarets, to fully produced livestreamed musicals, we were able to continue offering our mission to our community, and beyond. We livestreamed for free to essential workers and seniors, and helped people cope during isolation.
When the state of New Hampshire started to reopen, we were the last industry to reopen, and we were ready. We opened our livestreamed musicals to small, socially distanced crowds during the 4th of July weekend.
Since then, we have produced four fully produced musicals to live audiences, while successfully implementing strict social distancing policies. To maintain social distancing, we had to eliminate 70% of our seats. Even at a 30% reduction, we are still seeing approximately 20% audience sizes.
We applied for Federal & State funding and were rejected for both of them. We appealed these decisions and were awarded a small fraction of our losses. We’ve managed to raise a considerable amount of funds through donations from our community, and we are incredibly grateful for that, as it has allowed us to continue our programming, however such a drastic reduction in capacity cannot sustain our operations without further help. We’re here asking you once again, to make a donation to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre through the purchase of raffle tickets.
What We’ve Accomplished in the Past Five Months
- Produced 160 livestreamed shows free to Seniors and essential workers
- Produced 4 fully produced musicals to live audiences
- Offered 4 camps for 8 weeks to over 100 campers
- Employed just under 20 full time and part time staff member and independent contractors
- Offered weekly Zoom meetings to our Senior Repertory Theatre
- Created a new series, The Sol Series, curated by Najee A. Brown
- Acted as fiscal sponsors to PopUp NH, a private-public partnership with the City of Portsmouth to help augment revenues to struggling businesses in our community while providing an outdoor stage to arts venues and independent performers
What We Need & What You Get
We have a gap in our funding and we hope to bridge that gap through sponsorships, donations, ad sales, grants, raffles, and live fundraising events.
Your donation will help us continue to maintain the current programming we have which allows us to keep our mission alive in our community and employing performers, artists, musicians, technicians, administrators, and more. When we are open, our business neighbors can feel the positive impact of this as well, so not only are you making a difference to our theater, you’re helping keep the local economy alive.
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Other Ways You Can Help
We realize not everyone can contribute financially. These are hard times for us all. But there are still ways you can help that are just as important and useful.
- Help us get the word out about this campaign by sharing it with your family and friends and leaving a personal note as to how the Rep has made an impact on your life.
- Create your own fundraiser through Facebook or Gofundme. You have networks we can’t reach, and this has been extraordinarily helpful in the past. Make small attainable goals, every bit helps!
- Introduce us to your business owner friends who may be interested in any of our sponsorship offerings, or if they’re simply looking to make an impact in their community.
- Donate an item for us to raffle off now, or in the future for our next fundraiser. We’ll be fundraising for a while 🙂
What People are Saying
“Such an amazing assortment of shows and talent displayed.”
“My husband has gifted me tickets to a couple of shows here, once as a date with him and once as a date with our oldest daughter. Both were as different as they could possibly be but each was amazing in their own rights. Such an amazing assortment of shows and talent displayed.”
“I can’t say enough about the Rep — it is worth the trip EVERY time! ”
“I have seen a handful of shows at Seacoast and have never left disappointed. As a lifelong theater nut who is also a musical director and music teacher, I am always impressed with the professional level of this little gem of a company from the sets to costumes to the INCREDIBLE talent displayed every time. Favorites so far are Avenue Q, Titanic, Spamalot, and Once — but I am sure that list will continue to grow. I can’t say enough about the Rep — it is worth the trip EVERY time! “
“Wish we had discovered the theater earlier.”
“We saw In the Heights last spring and it was so good – we were hooked. We traveled from Portland to see Tommy, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Carol, West Side Story and Once. Every show was amazing – wish we had discovered the theater earlier.”
“We have been members for many years and have enjoyed each moment”
“We have been members for many years and have enjoyed each moment. The dedication, talent and professionalism of each and every performer, not to mention all the support staff is truly amazing. Love you all.”
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12:00pm – 6:00pm
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