Monday, August 24, 2009

The Challenge

Dear Blog Readers,

Well, thanks for making that a big success! I put in our $415 this morning. Hope to do it again sometime before the 18th...gotta make that $50,000.00 goal. Feel free to contribute more to the Skylight in weeks to come. We are really going to need it!

Peace and thanks again!

Sincerely,

JJ

PS Barber rehearsals start today. I wonder if we will hear the fateful "What happens next..." words in the coming week!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

BLOG CHALLENGE UPDATE

Alrighty folks, you have, by my watch, exactly 10 hours to get your comments in...please comment to the post containing Norman's letter (oh, and please read the post too!), although comments on this and the posts between this and Norman's letter will count.

We made it to 70...that's $350x3...wanna try for 100?!?

Ready, Se...GO ALREADY! Time's a tickin'!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Blog Challenge and NEW CHALLENGES

For every reader that comments on my last blog post (please post your comments to that post), I will donate $5 to the Skylight. Ready, set, GO! Thanks, Micki!

Ray Jivoff has offered to match whatever we raise.

Maggey White has offered to match whatever we raise.

That means every comment is worth $15! Go ye and comment!

Brother, Sister, can you lend a dime?

As many of you know, the Skylight Opera Theatre has undergone a hell of a summer. But the staff, the interim management, the Board of Directors and the community are all pitching in to help pull this beloved institution back from the brink.

In addition to the super exciting benefit that will happen on Sept 1st in the BTC and in the park just south of the BTC from 5pm to 10pm with over 50 artists donating their talents and filling the night with music,

http://www.skylightopera.com/visitus/openhouse.html

you now have a chance to help the theater directly. Tonight. So please read the following letter. Consider what you can do. Please join us on Sept 1st for what promises to be an incredibly memorable evening! And call now (414.291.7800) for season tickets to what will be a raucous 50th anniversary season. If you can't become a subscriber now, please consider stopping in to see the Barber of Seville. Single tickets are also on sale.

Here's that letter:

Dear Lover of Art,

This is Norman Moses and I’m writing you to ask for money. How’s that for to the point?

If you have not been following the national arts news in the past month or so, you may
have missed the turmoil that has been going on in Milwaukee at the Skylight Opera Theater since June 16th. Dan Wakin of the New York Times came out with this article about it on August 4th.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/arts/music/04skylight.html?_r=1

Then, on August 5th, a day after the Times article came out, this bombshell landed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/arts/music/07arts-MANAGINGDIRE_BRF.html

The following article came out on Sunday, August 9th in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We are now in amazingly good hands with.

http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/arts/52800097.html

Such is the power of peaceful protest. As a result of this upheaval, the Skylight artists and patrons have come together in an effort support the Skylight as it navigates through this difficult financial time.

The Skylight owns the Broadway Theater Center, which is the building that houses the offices and performing spaces for the Skylight, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Children’s Choir, and the Bel Canto Chorus and Present Music. Those arts groups depend upon the Skylight to remain financially stable.

In 1594 there were Queens and Kings who were the corporate sponsors for Shakespeare and his plays. We don’t have Kings and Queens any more. But we do have you. All of the Skylight artists are determined to continue to offer you the high quality music theater we have offered you for the past 50 years. With your help now, we will be able to offer it for another 50 years.

You can start now by helping us raise $50,000. Pledge 50 for 50. $50 for the Skylight’s 50th Anniversary season. Be one of the 1000 people to pledge $50 each by September 18th, the opening of the season. If you only have $10, ask four of your friends to chip in the same. Easy, right? You can spend $50, and then some, going out to dinner these days. So go out one evening less this month, and give that $50 to the Skylight. Pledge of multiples of $50 like $100, $250, $500, $1000…you get the point…are highly encouraged. There must be a few of you Kings and Queens out there yet.

If you are already a donor, thank you for your generous support. More than ever, we need you to continue your regular donations. Would you consider an additional pledge of $50 this year for the Skylight’s 50th anniversary season?

The Skylight artists have wonderful things in store for you this season, starting off with a free concert in Catalano Square (located just south of the Broadway Theater Center, 158 North Broadway) on September 1st, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, during the Skylight Open House, which is 5:00 – 7:00. Many other great events are being planned for the entire season. It’s going to be an amazing anniversary.

Whether you can make a donation or not, please forward this e-mail to siblings, parents or friends who still may have a connection with, and love of Milwaukee, and who believe that the arts must flourish in our city. We are hoping all can chip in at least a little.

You can donate online here.

http://skylightopera.chipin.com/skylight-opera-theatre

Donations can also be sent directly to the Skylight. This link will send you to a donation form. It’s the second link on the Skylight page that says “click here.”

http://www.skylightopera.com/supportus/individual.html

You will receive a letter verifying your donation for tax purposes.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and please give as much as you can. Milwaukee has grown into an amazing city, and arts groups, like the Skylight, have contributed so much towards making it a wonderful place to live.

Yours truly,

Norman Moses

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Around the World

Chamber Theatre's Around the World in 80 Days is not to be missed! Just the kind of zany, pseudo-intellectual fun you need to start off your theater season right!

Thanks, always, to Michael Wright for bringing such fun theater to the community and special shout outs to:

Chris Klopatek - for the outrageous accent of the year. Also, one of the finest physical comedians I have ever seen!

Bobby Spencer - His will be a performance that you'll want to see more than once. Dare I think think that it'll become even more over-the-top in coming weeks? Bombay?

Norman Moses - Milwaukee's own Tim Conway. Versatile, irreverent, and genius.

Matt Daniels - I'd not seen him before. Plays the role perfectly. All of the casting is perfect. And the last few moments with this character make the entire evening worthwhile 10fold!

Marti Gobel - Saw her in Well last year. Fantastic young comedienne. She holds the show together!

As always, Patrick Holland out does himself as the master of directing invention. There is so much eye-candy, fun in this piece, so much clever use of props and set. It's a delight from a purely technical standpoint. Tell that to the actors who endured the tech!

Run, don't walk, to Around the World in 80 Days. You will be sorry if you miss it!