Dear Friends and Patrons,
One day of Spoleto Festival is behind us, and the good reviews and crowds are solid. We all know what sort of year it has been for the economy and its effects on the fine arts in Charleston and across the nation. Through your devoted support and deep affection you have displayed for the Charleston Ballet Theatre this past season, we have been blessed to produce some of our most acclaimed and artistically satisfying productions in years. From the unprecedented response of our rocking new Magical Mystery Tour to the stunning imagery of Marilyn Monroe in Jill Eathorne Bahr’s new interpretation of Afternoon With the Faun, it has been a season that has defied the darkness of the storm overhead. While we have made it through this season with a satisfying sense of great artistic accomplishment, we are far from being out from under that cloud of uncertainty regarding our future.
Our upcoming 2009 -2010 season is aptly titled Alive & Kicking, a tongue-in-cheek nod to our resilience over the past year as well as a promise to our multitude of fans and supporters that we are determined to move forward, continuing our reputation for producing only top quality live professional dance entertainment for the people of Charleston and beyond. In an effort to increase our own earned income for the next year, we will be premiering exciting new works by Jill Eathorne Bahr, returning with the second year with our new Children’s Series, adding a performance of The Nutcracker at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. .
As we move forward with our heads held high, determined to overcome our still sizable deficit gap, we ask that you do your part to help keep us “alive & kicking” into the next year, so our ambitious and responsible 2009 -2010 season can reach its fullest potential. As stated before, we are still a far cry from even the funds needed to push the company ‘into the black’ by the end of this fiscal year, projecting a deficit of $70,000. We desperately need these funds to assure we can begin the 2009 -2010 anew, confident in the knowledge our company is able to complete the sensational Alive & Kicking season we have planned.
As a patron of the arts, it is not necessary to expound to you the importance of the survival of the ballet in Charleston and its obvious cultural significance. We only hope you feel it is meaningful enough that you will consider a contribution to Charleston Ballet Theatre, one that will propel us forward into the new season while allowing us to meet our immediate financial goals of our current fiscal year ending in June. We ask that you take a moment to consider a generous contribution to the ballet, one that will keep us alive and kicking and able to provide you the top quality entertainment you have come to expect and certainly deserve.
Contributions can be made online at www.charlestonballet.org .
Charles W Patrick
Chairman of the Board, Charleston Ballet Theatre