The coming theatre season is an exciting and challenging one for the Brockville Operatic Society. We remain focused on producing high quality productions for the enjoyment of our members and the community at large. The key challenge remains doing this in economically sustainable ways. This remains our primary challenge for this coming year.
With this in mind the BOS is implementing a modified (and expanded) season which sees us maintaining our traditional February (2016) time period in a new format that features a musical review of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber on the BAC stage. This exciting project is sure to engage our talented performers with great opportunity for many to participate. This approach offers a new experience for our community while keeping costs low and serving as a fundraising vehicle, which is much needed at this time. Auditions will be held in late September (26th/27th 1-5pm at Musi Theatre with call backs slated for October 3rd) with rehearsals commencing in the new year. A successful production will help finance our main stage production (South Pacific) which will feature on the BAC stage in June (2016). Auditions will be later in November (exact dates TBA) with rehearsals starting after the Webber show is complete. This new time frame will be sure to please many of our performers who have given input stating that the traditional Christmas overlap with show rehearsals was something they wanted to see change. The BOS has listened to that feedback and now this change will address those concerns providing a more favourable schedule for our performers.
The BOS is looking at other fund-raising options including the development of a corporate sponsorship package that will seek to attract headline sponsors for the coming shows as we look to strengthen our ties with the Business community. Work on this will continue in the coming weeks.
The BOS has also carefully reviewed budgets for the coming projects and have taken steps to ensure the budgets are as realistic and responsible as possible while ensuring quality will be maintained. Financial feasibility remains our greatest challenge and it is with this in mind as well that we undertake these changes. We remain committed to identifying entertainment projects that will be marketable and pleasing. Projects that will draw good crowds with the expectation that they will continue to support our Productions, ensuring the financial returns not only pay for the Productions, but ensure that they continue to fund to BOS’s ability to continue creating in the future. The BOS remains grateful and dependant of the ongoing support of the community for it’s continued existence.
In summary we have an exciting new year ahead of us with a new format to our season with more performance opportunities for our members/ performers. We are for the community, we are the community, we exist because of the community, we need the community. We ask all members to support the coming year whole heartedly, welcoming returning faces as well as new faces from our diverse demographics. So get involved. These worthwhile projects benefit the life of the city and prosper best with the support and involvement of all.
Looking forward to seeing you all and looking forward to the community making this season a memorable one!