TAKE HEED! Let's Build a Theater

$14,183 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 38 months

Take Heed's new venue on 811A Belvedere Rd

After 12 years of performing nomadically throughout Palm Beach County, Take Heed has found a permanent home in West Palm Beach, FL.  However, after losing a crucial grant and experiencing a long permitting process we need your help to build Take Heed Theater!The Take Heed Theater Company (along with our improv comedy company Mod 27) has been part of the Palm Beach, FL performing arts community since 2004.  We are a 501c3 not-for-profit theater company which focuses 100% on producing and teaching comedy.  We accomplish this in four ways:  presenting comedic plays, producing original improvised theater, producing original sketches and educating through a training center. Take Heed's improv company Mod 27: April 2014

Like desert nomads we have traveled between Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and Delray Beach for over 12 years - sharing our love for comedy with Palm Beach County.    We are trying to raise money to build out our theater in West Palm Beach, FL.   The money will be used to renovate a portion of the space and get us closer to a fully functioning code-compliant theater.  This will include building two bathrooms, a box office, performance space, and upgrading the doors and electrical system.

This project is important to us because the City of West Palm Beach is long over due for a theatrical space whose focus is on comedy.  Whether it be the production of plays, improv or education.
Why are we doing this? 

A venue that focuses 100% on comedic theater, improv and education does not exist in Florida. For the last three years our West Palm Beach shows have had consistent runs of standing room only performances.  What this means is two things:  1) there is a high demand for our product and 2) West Palm Beach is underserved with regards to this type of entertainment. Having our own venue will permit us to put on more productions and benefit the community.  

Also, after renting various locations throughout Palm Beach County we have learned a very important lesson - as a renter your goals are always secondary to whatever the venue's focus is. This reality was crippling our ability to grow. Each time we moved we'd have to rebuild a considerable portion of our audience.

Street performance on Lake Avenue, Lake Worth
In the summer of 2015 we started leasing a space at 811 A Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL  (near Tulipan Bakery).   The space is roughly 1,600 sq. ft. and once complete will house a performance area, rehearsal space, lobby, box office, concessions, tech booth, offices and two bathrooms.  

Although nomadic, over the 12 years in operation we have been very shrewd savers stashing away a considerable amount of money which we intended to start up our venue.   We commissioned an architect to put together plans and submitted them to the City for review.
811 A Belvedere Rd  - Plans

And that's where things got interesting...
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Over the years we had stored up enough money to start up.  This included 6 months of expenses and a simple renovation.  We figured by that point we would be up and running, teaching classes and producing shows at which point we would be self sufficient.  The previous two tenants of the space were an army navy surplus store and most recently  a church (for the last 13 years).   The church part is key because churches, according to the Florida Building Code, are very similar to theaters.  Without giving a lesson on architecture/engineering it has to do with how people congregate (to simplify things think fire safety). We have an engineer on our board and we were very intentional with selecting this space because of the church factor. Remember 6 months of expenses and simple renovations.  

Well, unbeknownst to us, despite being in operation for 13 years, when the church opened their doors  it turns out they did not submit plans to change the space's occupancy from army navy surplus to church.   Incidentally army navy surplus stores are just that, STORES and do not operate at all like churches and theaters (you knew that and you probably aren't even an architect/engineer).  And since the church only operated on Sundays - when coincidentally code enforcement is not in operation - the City never noticed.  That is of course, you guessed it, until we strolled in with our plans for our simple renovation.  

To quote a building reviewer, "Oh... this is going to be VERY EXPENSIVE for you... You are going to have to bring the whole building into compliance".

The kicker is that we cannot operate in the space until we are compliant.  So goodbye simple renovation and revenue from classes/productions to help pay expenses.  Hello extensive renovations and Gofundme.  
A rehearsal :  2015

We thought we had this planned out "6 ways to Sunday"...  Get this, just incase the above plan did not work we built in a back-up plan.  Take Heed Theater had been receiving a grant from a foundation for the last 10 years. The grant would be sufficient to cover our expenses for an additional 6 months.  Bringing our total covered expenses to 12 months with $0 of revenue.  

Great plan right?  Since you are reading this on Gofundme, I think you know what happened.  Unfortunately the foundation decided to not fund Take Heed this go around.  
Base Goal:  $35,000
- (2) Bathrooms
- Miscellaneous demolition
- ADA compliant doors
- Electrical upgrades
- Fire protection upgrades

Stretch Goal 1:  $15,000
-Basic sound and light equipment
-Theater seating
-Theater curtains

Stretch Goal 2:   $10,000
-Expanded audio and video system
-Concrete floor staining
-Street sign

Stretch Goal 3:  $15,000
-A/C upgrade
Is My Donation Tax Deductible?

Heck yeah it is!  The Take Heed Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.  So a donation to us, like the one received from this Gofundme campaign,
is tax deductible.  When the campaign ends we will e-mail you the appropriate documentation.  
Frequently asked questions

What happens if you don't make your goal? 

First, we are making our goal. However, hypothetically speaking let's say we don't.  The beauty of Gofundme is that we receive your donation regardless of meeting our goal. So if we don't make our goal we will first try to scale back or phase construction. If that is not possible, we pledge that your donation will still be used to build our theater - we just may need to do so at a different location. 
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We exceeded $10,000 about 12 days ago and to celebrate we put together a video of us breaking stuff in the theater. Enjoy our demo day festivities.
Demo Day - Celebration
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Good morning friends,

Today (5/7/2016) we will be hosting an open house at our proposed new space 811A Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach and we invite you to join us. Come down and see what we are working so hard to achieve. 4PM - 7PM


The event will also feature a silent auction, a performance by our improv company, and more.

Can't make it down but still want to participate? You can bid on items at:


We will be live updating the silent auction throughout the day.

Items include the following:

1 Serenity Garden Tea House-Basket of loose teas, tea bags and gift card for lunch valued at $50

2 Mary Stucchi Photography(2 separate items) – 1-hour each-One individual photo shoot and One couples shoot valued at $150 & $350, respectively

3 Young Living Essential Oils by Autum Choka-Gift Basket w/essential oil products, Thieves cleaner, pump soap, bath salts, bath bombs, hand lotion and hand sanitizer valued at $50

4 Casual Starfish –Gift basket w/apparel, photos, stickers, etc. valued at $145

5 Alicia Brand, LMT-massage – 80-min in-home aromatherapy massage valued at $100

6 Channel 12 CBS, WPEC – Lunch w/personality and station tour value: Priceless

7 Hussey Elite PC Repair-1-hour of PC maintenance (restrictions apply) valued at $80

8 Vincent Lardieri, Artist-recently named Best Visual Artist in Palm Beach County by The New Times – Art work, Untitled (The Deep Violet Purples of Passion, Validation and Resurrection) 2007, 36x36x1.75(D) acrylic on panel valued at $2000

9 Kravis Center for the Arts – Tickets to “Hair” on Tues 5/24 @ 7:30pm Riser/Row E seats 114 & 115 and Kravis goody basket valued at $120

10 Lion Country Safari – 4 tickets valued at $150

11 WRMF/KVJ Show – 2 tickets to Florence & the Machine for Fri 5/13 @ 7:30pm Section 310/Row 4/Seats 3 & 4 @ The American Airlines Arena in Miami & KVJ Show goody bag valued at $100

12 Widow Jane Bourbon gift basket valued at $100
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Hi friends, Our Artistic Director Dave Hyland sat down with WPTV Channel 5's weatherman Glenn Glazer to talk about our campaign. Check out this video to watch the complete interview.
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Former MMA fighter Din Thomas wants to share his passion for Take Heed Theater with everyone. Fun video, enjoy!
Din Thomas - "Mr. Nice Guy"
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$14,183 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 38 months
Created February 25, 2016
Machoman Salute
We'll stand outside our theater say your name and yell "Oh yeah". But in a Macho Man Randy Savage voice.
Virtual Beer
Don't like donating, no problem, buy a cast member a Virtual Beer. THIS IS TOTALLY NOT A DONATION. ;-)
Name on slide
For a measly 10 spot your name goes on a slide of all our backers and will be projected before our shows for 1 year. Plus you get Machoman Salute.
The Stickers
Who doesn't love stickers? For your donation we will give you a Take Heed sticker. Hooray. + Name on Slide Reward
The Photo
Autographed photo of our cast. Sweet! + Name on Slide Reward
The T-Shirt
A genuine Take Heed t-shirt. Plus you get Name on Slide reward.
The Tickets
Tickets for you and 9 of your friends to one of our shows. You save 15%! + Name on Slide Reward
The Swag Pack
Sticker + Photo + T-shirt Rewards
Holiday Cards
Oh gawd, everyone hates writing Holiday cards. Under this reward we'll take this off your hands. We will write 10 Holiday cards for you. + Name on Slide
The Plaque
We add your name to a plaque in the theater commemorating our donors. + Name on Slide Reward
Plaque and Swag
NEW! The Plaque + Swag Bag rewards
Love Connection
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Date w/ the lovely Kim Perry or dapper Zach Myers. Remember just like any date you're picking up the tab. Limited to the So FL area. + Name on Slide
The Dedication
We will dedicate a whole improv show to you. + Name on Slide Reward
The Feature
We will bring you on stage for one of our improv shows, interview you and perform an improvised piece based on your day. + Name on Slide Reward
Love + Feature
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Love Connection + The Feature
The stage
NEW! We will name our stage in your honor + The Plaque Reward
You're the Star
We will bring you on stage to perform in a portion of one of our improv shows. + Swag Pack Reward
The Experience
For 4 weeks you rehearse with 1 of our improv troupes and perform 1 game in a show. + Swag Pack Reward
Private Party
Exclusive party for you and 40 of your friends in our new space + (1) Swag Pack Reward
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35 months ago

good luck! love you!

Sean J. Delaney
35 months ago (Offline Donation)
Bob and Beth Hyland
35 months ago (Offline Donation)

Friends wholeheartedly thanks you and your members for the excellent coaching and being a leader at the forefront in our improv community. :)

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