This is going to be an incredible weekend coming up at Wayside Theatre. Our next, hopefully not our last, show, Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming begins performances today, Saturday, with two previews at 2:30 and 7:30pm. (Tickets still available for both.) Then Sunday is the official opening night at 6:30pm. That peformance is sold out. The show is shaping up to be magnficient and as we meet the audience for the first time tomorrow, we'll find out just how magical this musical is. Our cast is amazing. These actor musicians switch instruments in the blink of an eye and sing these songs with such gusto and feeling that it is amazing. If you haven't made plans to see the show, do so now. It runs through March 17th. It'll warm your heart and chase away the winter blues.
As if opening a new show wasn't enough to keep us working like the fiends we are, this comes in the middle of an Emergency Campaign to keep the theatre going. Our goal when we launched was to raise $90,000 in 90 days. We're three weeks in and have raised $30,000. We anticipate that all the offers of help we are receiving are going to not only push us over the top, but help us reach our larger goal of securing a viable and attainable base of funding for Wayside Theatre's future. You can read about many of the wonderful things that are happening in the campaign here or on our website. You can also donate there by hitting the yellow donate button.
All of this comes to a head this weekend with the show's opening. It promises to a weekend filled with magic, music, and some mystery about the future. If you're at all interested in Wayside Theatre and the great work we do for our community, I urge you to get involved, see the show, and perhaps donate a bit.
When this many amazing individuals work so hard to create magic, even in the face of great adversity, there's a real chance we can make it happen.
If you'd like to read more about this campaign please check out more infomation here on this blog, on Facebook, or at Wayside Theatre's website. If you'd like to help or share your story we'd be very grateful.