THE NEW JEFFERSON PLAYHOUSE
IT'S POSSIBLE! WE DID IT! + NEXT PHASE
This little company that started with 7 students in a bare storefront has grown to a bustling professional theatre and school – now serving over 750 students of all ages, and performing for thousands and thousands of audience members every year. In 2015, our company name officially changed to Windy City Music Theatre, setting us up for an exciting period of growth.
As part of our ‘next chapter,’ we have just expanded to a third space to accommodate more performers and more audience members. The historic Jefferson Theatre is a 1914 movie theatre, located just 1/2 block from our current space. We have already finished Phase I work on the space - repairing the ceilings, replacing the flooring, installing theatrical lighting and making the building safe & friendly for audience members and performers. The new “Jefferson Playhouse – Home of Windy City Music Theatre” has been received with wild enthusiasm!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US RAISE MONEY LAST SPRING FOR PHASE I OF THE THEATRE RENOVATION. WE DID IT - WE MET OUR GOAL OF $10,000!
PHASE II BEGINS! We are ready to begin Phase II, the centerpiece of which will be a ground floor lobby restroom for the public which will add more lavatories, and make the theatre more wheelchair-friendly. Our Phase II Goal is $5,000 to pay for half of the restroom addition, and we're planning to get it built and open by November 14, when "Once Upon A Mattress" opens.
We’re committed to keeping tuition rates static in the next year, and to maintaining a very generous level of financial aid for families who need it (we give away 30-40% of our total tuition budget to families who need assistance every semester), so we are counting on our supporters to help us raise $5,000 to make this new restroom a reality.
We have created a GoFundMe page where you can contribute to the renovation of the new theatre.
Donations to the new theatre will be recognized & rewarded in a few special ways:
DONATIONS OF $500 or MORE:
- 4 “All-Access” passes to enjoy all Windy City Music Theatre shows – Youth, Teen, Page2Stage and Mainstage for 2015-16, plus…
DONATIONS OF $50 or MORE:
- Family name listed on the permanent Wall of Gratitude in the theatre lobby
- Tickets to our Tony Awards viewing party in June & our Fall Family Cabaret in October.
ALL DONATIONS OF ANY AMOUNT:
- Name listed in the playbill for our Mainstage productions in 2015 and 2016
- Invitation to our Mainstage productions Opening Night cast meet & greet and champagne toast (after the show). The first one will be April 18, after performances of “Cinderella”
We know you already do so much, and we appreciate the support you provide all year long! Think about this: If every family we are serving in 2014-15 donated just $7.50 to our campaign, we would easily meet and surpass our goal of $5,000. It’s that easy!
REMEMBER: Our Wall of Gratitude and donor names will be updated in time for "Mattress" opening night on November 14.
TO DONATE: Click on the link below, or mail your check (made out to Youth Co Chicago/WCMT, with "It's Possible" in the memo line) to: 4766 No. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630.