Porchlight Players is one of the Eagle Valley’s oldest 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 to “Touch lives through theater” in many ways over the past fourteen seasons. During the summers, youths 8 to 15 years old participate in a three-week workshop style Summer Children’s Theater camp in Gypsum. We have awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to help students pay the $375 tuition. We have partnered with the Eagle County Historical Society to bring the Red Cliff, Gypsum and Eagle 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 nine Valentine’s Day dinner theater shows were hugely successful, selling out most performances each year. In 2018, we added production in Leadville at the historic Tabor Opera House, built-in 1879 by Silver King Horace Tabor. After the town of Leadville purchased the building in 2016, restorations have been underway. To aid in this endeavor, we partnered with the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation to raise money for its continued restoration by presenting a benefit show, from which all proceeds were donated to preserving and upgrading the building. We hope to continue that partnership in years to come.
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 and individuals, such as the N.M. Morris Family Foundation; Slifer, Smith and Frampton; Alpine Bank; PSI Plumbing, Inc.; B’Nai Vail Congregation; Donald and Dorothea Smith; Distinguished Property Care; and Bonfire Brewery to name a few, have shown their support throughout the years with sponsorships and advertisements in our programs. 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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Porchlight Players Community Theater Company is a welcoming community that is passionate about the performing arts and its impact on people's lives. We develop shows based on a collaborative model between directors, actors, and behind-the-scenes crew members, guided by a five-person Board of Directors. We endeavor to produce a minimum of two shows per year, a children's production and an adult production.
We encourage anyone and everyone to explore their talents and interests with us in a supportive environment, whether it be on stage, behind the curtains or as an audience member. Please visit our "Get Involved" page to learn about auditions and volunteer opportunities!