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,
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
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. Milwaukee
Then, on August 5th, a day after the Times article came out, this bombshell landed.
The following article came out on Sunday, August 9th in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We are now in amazingly good hands with.
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
, 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. Broadway Theater Center
In 1594 there were
Queensand 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
Queensout 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
, and who believe that the arts must flourish in our city. We are hoping all can chip in at least a little. Milwaukee
You can donate online here.
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.”
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.
has grown into an amazing city, and arts groups, like the Skylight, have contributed so much towards making it a wonderful place to live. Milwaukee