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ALASKA


nal and external communications, and are confident that revenues received will be efficiently used.” Interplayers is commited to working without debt or


loans, and with manageable budgets and accounting to analyze progress, but they need to have financial pledges in order make prudent plans. Many expenses, such as roy- alties, marketing and construction, all need to be in place long before the revenues are realized. “We have a humble operating budget of $375,000


Above: Denise Masiello (left) won a trip to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to hang out with the captains and crew of the F/V Wizard from the Deadliest Catc


h. She took her longtime friend Barb Frederick as her


guest, as well as Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, which she left for the crew to read later. This picture was taken by longtime crewmember, Lenny Lekanoff.


ISLE OF MAN


which is very bare-bones, but with which we can pro- duce our consistently high quality professional shows,” says Brown. “Capital improvements, technical equipment purchases, extra services will all be accomplished through specific grants, donations, volunteer achievement and sheer grit. To meet that budget we need to raise over the course of the year $150,000, which would be 40 percent, all of which would go toward accomplishing our season of professional work. Te balance we can safely expect to earn through ticket sales.” A lingering question remains: If the money isn’t raised


by a pre-determined date, what is the exact plan? “Te theatre needs to have pledges and some of the donations in place by the end of the season in order to honorably contract for the next season,” says Brown. In order to get the word out, Interplayers has partnered


Above: Diane and Dennis McMinn spent a week on the Isle of Man, centered in the Irish Sea. Pictured with their Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, they are atop Snaefell mountain, the highest point on the island.


PARIS, FRANCE


with Hamilton Studio to develop a compelling five-min- ute video, Te Stage Is Set: Te Show Must Go On. Loyal patrons, volunteers and resident artists are organizing the “Circle of Friends” in-home dinners, at which the host or hostess will invite ten-or-so personal friends with the expectation of making a donation, they will provide a gra- cious meal and seting, and the theatre will provide a short entertainment and brief description of the operation and needs of the theatre. Tey are creating packets of informa- tion that describe the value of professional live theatre to a community, the legacy of Interplayers specifically and the programming opportunities scheduled. Finally, says Brown, “Board members and I, as the executive director, are reaching out during the spring just as we unveil our 2013-2014 Season and our exciting summer plans, to lo- cal businesses, particularly those who have expressed in- terest in the arts, to be Producing Partners.” All of this work is being done with a fervent passion


Below: Maria Alauddin (second from left) and friends took along a Spokane Coeur d’


Here they are in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.


to support the reality of local theater. “Tere has been so much positive buzz over the past year, I know that the community values the quality work that is done here,” says Brown. “I do not think people realize, though, how much money it takes beyond ticket sales to provide artis- tic productions and the related services throughout the year. People probably think that someone else will step forward, but in fact, we all must step forward.”


Alene Living on their post-graduation trip to Europe. — Blythe Thimsen 24 SPOKANE CDA • March • 2013


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