Yesterday was an amazing day at Wayside Theatre and in the campaign to keep the theatre's doors open. We had two wonderful performances of Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming. The talented cast and the audience bridged that small gulf between the edge of the stage and the auditorium in both shows and together created a magical musical experience. Watching the conclusion of both shows you got the sense that no one wanted the experience to end.
Second, once again, children involved with Wayside Theatre were out in force trying to raise funds and awareness. The Suzuki Violin Class was playing at the Espresso Bar and Cafe in downtown Winchester. If you check out our Facebook page you'll see pictures of their efforts yesterday. Bravo kids!
Third, in our Curtain Call Cafe, the artwork that is on display is proving to be a big hit. Artist Loretta Bailey organized 15 local artists to donate paintings or prints to Wayside Theatre to help the campaign. I believe we've sold 6 or 7 of the paintings so far, and people are talking about the art during the intermission and after the show. This exhibition is also helping us drive conversations about the campaign and our efforts there. Again check out our Facebook page or website to learn more about the wonderful efforts of these artists and how they are helping.
I'm sure we passed the $60,000 mark during all that was happening yesterday and of course we'll post an accurate update in the next few days. But if you are one of those who wonder was Wayside Theatre is important, why it is necessary, why you should lend your support, if you had stopped by the theatre yesterday you would not be wondering anymore. I was lucky. I got to experience the entire day at the theatre in ways most never do. But, as one patron said on leaving the evening performance last night, "there really is something special to be loved and cherished here."
There really is. Come see for yourself.
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.