|Moon Over Buffalo 2015 Brevard Little Theatre|
|Best Christmas Pageant Ever 2014 BLT|
And as hard as it is to get volunteers, it appears it is harder to keep them. The volunteers are mostly retired, so they have the passion and the time, but people are just not that friendly to the newcomers. They have asked them, "What are YOU doing here?" to imply their discontent with the new "outsider". This is surely not a good way to keep good volunteers.
For me personally, it is the unfair lack of processes that drives me nuts! For example, there is a process that is done for recognizing volunteers that they feel have "status" however, people who work just as hard, don't have the same recognition. Its all about, if I do for you, what can you do for me?
|Don't Dress For Dinner 2014 Brevard Little Theatre (Set Design Stephen Marsh)|
I don't get it. To date this theatre has two websites. A dot com website which is from the 80's and a dot net website, which I was asked to create and maintain. It is easy to navigate and better looking from a branding purpose. Anyone with marketing/branding experience knows this is an organizational no-no. But in the paper they consistently list the dot com website, and for sustainability purposes, this will not keep the young people, or shall I say draw the young people. The average age of the board members, audience, and cast is70ish! What a selfish group to not want to encourage, pass on to, and recruit younger members. The theatre provides many youth with opportunities not only to pass the time but to perhaps find their home, their calling and their own passion. But this local theatre is missing that opportunity.
|Moon Over Buffalo set with 5 doors and handmade ottoman|
I've heard consistently in response to new ideas, well THAT hasn't worked before constantly for excuses for new marketing ideas, and trying to gain sponsors. The bottom line is the theatre needs to be able to survive. Without youth, money, and a growing audience, it will not be able to sustain itself. Seniors who have the time but not willing to change the processes to keep new volunteers and grow their audience, particularly the younger crowd, will die. It doesn't matter if you have been around for 80 years if you don't survive for the 81st season.
I have enjoyed the painting and meeting a few new people who have been scared away by the old matriarchs and patriarchs but for me, I'll finish my last commitment of designing the children's play for the Land of Narnia in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, and wait for the older people to move on, as it won't be long, and either the new generation will revive the local theatre, or possibly create a newer one that is more alive and open to new fresh ideas and people!
When I began this endeavor I consulted a former Board Member who told me, it has always come down to the question....Is the community theatre for the community .....or the actors. In this town, it's clearly for the actors...what a pity, as the community deserves better.
|Southern Hospitality 2014 Brevard Little Theatre|