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November 2016 Donor Appeal Letter
Dear Friend of Northern Sky,
What an unbelievably fruitful and fulfilling year it has been at Northern Sky. We premiered Doctor! Doctor! in the summer season, which has now joined our list of unqualified hits for its initial run. We ran four shows all summer long and two in the fall – six shows compared to our usual four.
Behind the scenes, we secured a new 15-year lease for our summer home in Peninsula State Park, ensuring we’ll be there for the next generation of theatergoers. Our volunteer “Tuesday Crew” has put hours of work into making your Northern Sky experience even more memorable. They re-graded the seating to make sight lines better, added more prime seating to the center section, and improved our side walkways for better mobility – among other things. And they’ve only just begun!
But most importantly, we were hard at work creating new musicals with YOU in mind. We held workshops for three shows and did readings of five others. The hard work paid off: one of the shows that we spent time on this summer will be our 2017 summer season world premiere, and another will be our fall season world premiere. That’s right – two new Northern Sky originals next year!
As a special thank you for your support, we’d like to announce our two world premieres to you first.
Oklahoma in Wisconsin – Summer World Premiere
Richard Castle (book and lyrics) and Matthew Levine (music) have written a charming homage to Door County with a musical that highlights the quirkiness of a family run inn in the 1950s. When a Hollywood scout pays a visit, the result is the birth of the tourist fish boil and the humorous clash of big city and small town culture. This is our third collaboration with New Musicals, Inc after the success of Windjammers and When Butter Churns to Gold.
Naked Radio – Fall World Premiere
Dave Hudson and Paul Libman will be debuting their seventh musical written exclusively for Northern Sky. When a small radio station gets swallowed up by a corporate parent, the local DJs are relegated to obscurity. But when a snowstorm knocks the power out and the station loses its tie to the pre-programmed feed, the guys have to punt, and a rejuvenated station brings back spontaneity and joy to the community it serves.
How is it possible that we could have two original shows ready for you in a single year? Because of your generous donations in supporting our mission of creating new musicals appropriate for people of all ages.
Bringing a new show to the stage takes time and resources. We commission writers, engage actors, work with musical directors, and use our expertise to nurture the script and music along until it’s just right for our audiences. But without the financial support of folks like you, it simply wouldn’t be possible.
Did you know that we have over a dozen potential shows in various stages of development? Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Northern Sky to keep the progress on these shows going.
We look forward to your good feedback and involvement at every step along the way. After all, we write our shows for you!
See you under the stars!
Jeffrey Herbst, Artistic Director
Dave Maier, Managing Director
$25,000 & Up – Belgian Angel
$10,000 to $24,999 – Victory Farmer
$5000 to $9999 – Spitfire Griller
$2500 to $4999 – Windjammer
$1000 to $2499 – Ice Fisher
$500 to $999 – Happy Lumberjack
$300 to $499 – Muskie Lover
$125 to $299 – Galactic Packer
$75 to $124 – Bone Dancer
$1 to $74 – Cheesehead
Many companies will match their employees’ donations to non-profit organizations. If your employer participates, please contact them and let them know you would like them to match your donations to Northern Sky. They will have some paperwork for you to complete.
Fred Alley New Musical Fund
Northern Sky produces original musical works. A new show can take three years of writing and workshopping before it is ready for production. Northern Sky needs to provide for our authors and directors with financial resources and time to continue bringing you the excellent shows that have become a standard for Northern Sky. For more information please visit the Fred Alley New Musical Fund page.
Consider a Gift of Stock or Securities
A gift of stock can provide much needed support for Northern Sky and offers you financial benefits as well. Publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) may be transferred to Northern Sky, entitling you to an income tax reduction for the full market value of the securities. For more information on how to transfer your securities to Northern Sky, contact Dave Maier at the Northern Sky Office, (920) 854-6117 x102.
If you have any questions, please call Holly Feldman at (920) 854-6117 ext. 105 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mailing Address: Northern Sky Theater, PO Box 273, Fish Creek, WI, 54212