Help Save Staples Players!

Staples Players needs your help!

Staples Players was scheduled to produce SEUSSICAL: THE MUSICAL in March 2020, just as Covid-19 hit the east coast of the USA, shutting down all schools in the area. Players is in desperate need of your aid as we try and recoup the funds lost on this production that wasn't. 

Here's how Players works financially: with the exception of some staff stipends paid by the town, our shows are funded entirely by ticket sales. We are so lucky to have a supportive community of loyal audience members that have supported our productions for many decades. Ticket sales go towards buying and renting things for the production such as: lumber, paint, lighting equipment, lighting equipment rental, costume construction, costume rental, props, a set designer, shoes for cast members, sound equipment and microphone rental, salaries for pit musicians,  make up, wigs and so much more. Believe it or not, an average show costs well over $50,000 to produce. It's amazing how much money goes into a production that provides an educational experience for 75-125 of our Staples students and a gift to our community at large. 

Players has not had any financial trouble for over 15 years. Because of our usual sell out numbers and incredible support from our Westport audiences, we have consistently spent and recouped money on our productions during this time period with no problems and have been able to do so with making very few financial requests of our community during this time. Because we will not have the chance to benefit from the SEUSSICAL ticket sales, we are looking to you, our loyal fans, to help bail us out at this time.

If you have ever seen a Players production or know a Staples Player, you know the hours and hours of work and dedication that go into a production. To not be able to perform this show for an audience was devastating for students and staff alike. The community built while building a production is an unparalleled learning experience for all involved (please see our alumni video if you need reassurance). We urge you to donate now - no amount is too big or small - and help us maintain the level of production value that our audiences have come to expect. 

If you make a donation ANY AMOUNT, you will get a private link to an exclusive live stream of a video recording of our final dress rehearsal of SEUSSICAL, which we were luckily able to record and has yet to be viewed by audiences. This live stream will take place on Saturday April 4th at 7 PM with an encore stream on April 5th at 2 PM. You will receive the link by email during the day on Saturday 4/4.

(Please note: This GoFundMe is run by Kerry Long and David Roth, the directors of Staples Players in Westport, CT. ALL monies donated will go directly to Staples Players Parent Booster Organization and will immediately be put toward paying the bills from producing SEUSSICAL.) 




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Staples Players 
Westport, CT

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