My name is John, and I'm the founder and owner of Bend's premier plant shop, "Somewhere That's Green". Since May of 2021 we acquired a new space for our shop that contained an extra space for my other dream as well. We've been working with the city and a myriad of architects to get this space up and running. However, after 9 months we are in need of an extra push to finish some of the final bits. I have put so much of our savings from the plant shop into the theater space, and we will be putting even more as we proceed to change "Use of Space" as well as adding an entrance door, updating the entire building from the 80's, rebuilding the green room and office space, as well as maintaining the plant shop. All that said, we can't seem to find the finances for a few key items.
This community has helped in immeasurable ways thus far, so I thought I'd gather up the gumption and ask the community for a push to the finish line. We are asking for finances to cover our sound, lighting, and curtain systems. These are three VERY important aspects of a theater, but ones that I can't seem to acquire on my own. I dream for this space to become a staple in the Bend Performing Arts community and I can't wait to see what we create. I also love that the space has become an inclusive and loving space for all those who don't feel they "fit in".. And finally, I'm most stoked for being called "Bend's first gay bar" and I want to live up to that title.
What is our mission you ask? Well it's simple (lol, ok maybe not), Bend is on short supply for solid performing arts spaces, especially musicals and dramas. Our plan at the Greenhouse, is to slowly build to a high end performing arts space, with local talent, an annual season of shows, and a hub for blooming artists. Since our space is what I'm calling a "Pocket" theater, it forces us to get to the root of most shows and recreate in our own imagination, the new emotional vision of each show. It also will be extremely intimate and immersive for any audience member. We plan on filling in our season down times with spectacular drag shows, runway shows, music, open mic nights, and more. The Greenhouse is all inclusive, however we will attempt to maintain our highest form of artistic expression by working alongside trained professionals and actors alike, while growing those passionate in the performing arts along side us and hosting those from nearby cities to inspire us. We want to cultivate a diverse and culturally encompassing arts venue for all Bend residents and tourists alike. Is there anything better than seeing art amongst an indoor jungle?
The Greenhouse Cabaret is a "for profit" theater at this time, since Bend is not an "art focused" town, I've witnessed many non-profit theaters struggle in the past and present. Due to this, a lot of grants are not in the cards for us, however the community has proven to me time and time again that they will support my endeavors and dreams, to which I am extremely honored and humbled.
For those that choose to give to this cause, you will be highlighted on a banner in our theater space, and be gifted one annual pass to see whatever shows you may want to attend. Let's grow this Greenhouse into a fully realized botanical conservatory. Thank you friends, truly. See you at the plant shop.
Founder and Owner of Somewhere That's Green and the Greenhouse Cabaret