“1776” Declares Big Results for Tower Theatre Foundation
“1776” In Concert, Shore Thing Productions’ recent benefit for the Tower Theatre Foundation, sold out three shows and delivered $16,000 to the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the iconic downtown venue. The unique staging of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical made history by showcasing an all female cast interpreting the words and actions of America’s founding fathers. The production, directed by Kymberli Colbourne, kicked-off the Tower’s new Marquee Series of live, local theatre events.
“Our goals were to deliver a distinctive theatrical experience, and offer an entertaining way for Central Oregonians to support the heart of Bend’s performing arts scene, the Tower Theatre,” said David Simpson, executive producer and owner of Shore Thing Productions. “We are thrilled to have achieved both.”
All the performers, including a full orchestra directed by Tim Russell, donated their time and talent. “We are indebted to the cast, musicians and production staff for their ground breaking efforts,” said Ray Solley, executive director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. “The funds raised by this special benefit help fund ongoing operations plus our educational and entertainment programs.”
The Marquee Series, sponsored by U.S. Bank with additional support from BendBroadband, continues in September with Cat Call Productions’ “The Producers” and in December with “A Christmas Carol” from Cascades Theatrical Company.
Additionally, the Tower Foundation announced it achieved a record 775 members for the just-completed fiscal year. “That’s the best annual total we’ve had since we started the membership program in 2006,” commented Lisa Vann, the Tower’s membership coordinator. “Several successful efforts contributed to this all-time high, including a $2,500 challenge from Danny and Kathy Huff, our Feb. 28 Leap Day offer, and the iJoin for an iPad raffle, won by Bend’s Jeff Jones,” Vann concluded.
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. Its mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are on facebook (“TheTowerTheatre”).