The Board of Trustees of North Shore Music
Theatre has announced the creation of the Encore Fund
– Building for the Future. The Fund's goal is to
secure $7 million in gifts and pledges by the end of this year.
“This amount is needed to ensure the Theatre can keep its doors
open during the next six months and to keep our talented staff intact
so that we continue to provide important programming for our community
and our schools,” commented Jon Kimbell, Artistic
Director and Executive Producer.
accidental fire that struck North Shore Music Theatre (left) on July
14 effectively destroyed the theater’s stage, orchestra pit, lighting
and sound equipment and interior, including all 1,800 seats. “The
realities and cost to ensure that ‘the show will go on’
far exceed the insurance coverage,” stated Kimbell.
Kevin Bottomley, President of Danvers Savings
Bank and the Theatre’s Chairman shared that “the
staff, Board, and volunteers at North Shore Music Theatre have been
truly heartened by the outpouring of goodwill, optimism and support
from the theater world, government officials and individuals from around
the country and, especially, from our neighbors and friends all over
the Boston area. It is clear that NSMT is more than just a theater.
We are part of the tapestry of our community, our region and our art-form.”
The Trustees of the Theatre are stepping up to this unexpected challenge
and are completing a drive to secure $2 million from Trustees in support
of the new Encore Fund. The Trustees are presenting this $2 million
challenge to the Theatre’s supporters to demonstrate the importance
of reaching the $7 million goal. Leadership for the Encore Fund
effort is being provided by David Fellows, Chief Technology
Officer for Comcast, and Jack Good,
Executive Vice President of Beverly National Bank.
The Encore Fund will be used to address lost revenue from "Cinderella,"
the Children's Summer Musical Series, and cancelled concerts. “More
could be lost because of mounting costs to produce 'Abyssinia'
and 'Camelot' at The Shubert Theater
in Boston this fall and with the possibility that our patrons may not
travel into the city for these performances in sufficient numbers,”
commented theatre spokesperson, Julie Arvedon.
“It is our hope that all of our subscribers and lovers of great
musical theater will attend!”
In addition, the Encore Fund will help with the extensive rebuilding
that must take place so productions can return to the NSMT stage as
quickly as possible. The entire interior of the theater, including seats,
stage lifts, ceiling panels and insulation, must be replaced. An important
part of rebuilding the theater and replacing equipment is the need to
accommodate new state and federal building codes, including Americans
with Disabilities Act requirements.
“The prevailing sense of optimism and leadership provided by our
Trustees and very special patrons, will see us through to recovery,”
believes Kimbell. “North Shore Music Theatre is determined
to emerge from this fire with a renewed sense of dedication to our audience,
to our community, and to the future of American musical theater.”
Operating since 1955, NSMT has evolved into the largest
non-profit producing theater in New England, serving approximately 400,000
patrons annually. NSMT has gained a national and regional reputation
for artistic achievement, specifically in the areas of developing new
works and providing outstanding theater arts and education programs.
The theater has received numerous industry awards including The
Elliot Norton Award, The Rosetta Le Noire Award from Actors’
Equity, and The Moss Hart Award. With its celebrated
Theatre for Young Audiences program, a school touring program, and year-round
classes for children, NSMT has become one of the region's leading providers
of theater arts and education.
Contributions to The Encore Fund can be made through www.nsmt.org
or via mail to NSMT, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915.