Porchlight Players is the Eagle Valley’s newest performing arts company. We serve the western end communities of Eagle County, where we present live theatrical productions for a fraction of the cost typically associated with these types of events. In this way, we meet our goal to encourage attendance and participation in live theater in a convenient and economical fashion.
Porchlight Players has lived up to our mission in many ways over the past ten seasons. During the summers, youths 8 to 15 years old participate in a three week workshop style Summer Children’s Theater camp in Gypsum. Last year alone, we awarded over $2,000 in scholarships to help students pay the $325 tuition. In late summer, we present a free “Play in the Park” in Eagle and Gypsum for the community to enjoy at no charge. We have partnered with the Eagle County Historical Society to bring the Red Cliff Cemetery and the Gypsum Cemetery tours to life with historical presentations at the gravesides of some of Eagle County’s first residents, and with the Town of Gypsum to present the Halloween Haunted Maze. Our first five Valentine’s Day dinner theater shows were hugely successful, selling out most performances each year.
One way we are able to keep our costs in check is to be a nearly 100% volunteer-run organization. The sheer number of volunteer hours put in by the Board of Directors, actors, set crew, stage crew, directors, musical accompaniment, and production crew is astounding, measuring in the hundreds for each and every show. We also receive grants from the Towns of Gypsum and Eagle, and from the Eagle River Foundation, which have donated both funds and facility use to help offset costs. Many local businesses, such as Slifer, Smith and Frampton; Alpine Bank; First Bank; and US Bank to name a few, have shown their support throughout the years with sponsorships and advertisements in our programs. Member dues of $20 per year go toward covering costs associated with productions so we can continue to bring live, affordable theater to the west end.
Your support would be greatly appreciated. If you value our mission and would like to help us continue to bring quality live theater to Eagle and Gypsum, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our organization!
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