Director's Chair
Here we present a new feature, the Director's
Chair, an ongoing blog from Bert Miller, Artistic
Director for ACT.
June 29, 2015
We do more with less. Working in State government for the past 30 years I have
often times heard that expression. As budget cuts and hiring freezes hit, we were
told to do more with less. I think no one, including State government, does more
with less than ACT. We recycle all of our scenery. A bookcase in BLITHE SPIRIT
becomes a doorway in BOEING BOEING. A wall in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE
becomes the back of a bench in BLAME IT ON THE MOVIES. I can hardly wait to
see what our tech director Ken Liddle will reuse to build the set for NUNSENSE II.

Where most theaters rely on huge grants and endowments from businesses, or
governmental support by way of publicly funded arts organizations, ACT has
primarily managed to meet its budgetary needs with the revenue from our ticket
sales. And in addition to that, the money we get from ticket sales is split 50/50 with
the Auburn Community Center which generously allows us to use the facility rent
free.
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I’m not saying that we make so much money we don’t need grants
and financial support. It would be nice to have that extra money to
spend on sets and equipment. We have been able to upgrade
things like our stage equipment, sound system and so on due to the
generous donations of our patrons who often give above and
beyond our ticket prices. This is possible because our admissions
are still about the lowest entertainment cost around. Two people
can enjoy dinner and a show for $40. Try doing that at the local
movies with $11.00 admissions, drinks and popcorn.

We are now in our planning stage for the 2016 season of live
entertainment at ACT. Lots of great shows are being considered
as well as a few other bonus events. But once again it all takes
money. So while we do more with less and try our best to hold
down the cost of your entertainment dollars, we do appreciate any
donations and financial support you can give. And remember, we
are a 501(c )3 organization so your donations are tax deductible. If
you are looking for a charitable organization please consider the
little theater making those dollars stretch as far as we can.