There is, I think, a hash-tag or (#) that adequately defines how the Cripple Creek Theatre Co. feels at this moment. This hash tag or (#) appears with a certain amount of regularity in the social media forums of the universe, allowing us to express our emotions in more economical practices than a letter or even a blog like this one. Sometimes, we must take a step back and reflect on the gifts, great and small, which visit us everyday. Whether it’s a reunion with a long lost loved one or a particularly good chicken salad sandwich, the hash tag or (#) is the same. So, please, accept this brief thank you missive as our roundabout way of simply stating— #blessed.
When Cripple Creek decided to make its productions free and open to the public, we knew that that you and your support were the key to a bold new direction for the Cripple Creek Theatre Co. and for New Orleans theatre. After all, this company exists after nine years of production only because you continue to reinforce and refine its necessity. We grow as an organization, evolving our practice to better suit our mission, because you show us new and exciting roads to venture down.
Thank you for your bold support of The Cradle Will Rock. Your contributions helped us raise two thousand dollars more than our stated goal and insure that the citizens of New Orleans will have the chance to see exciting, relevant, and remarkably fun theatre. Thank you for believing in Cripple Creek. Thank you for actively sharing the idea that everyone should be welcomed into a theater. Thank you for continually encouraging this company to take new and exciting steps in producing works that provoke social action. Thank you for contributing your hard earned capital so that others might not have to. I will stop with the thanks here, but please know that the list of gratitude stretches for miles.
This kickstarter campaign changed the way we look at patronage. Singular shows and subscription packages keep the theatre industry going, but the amazing spirit of generosity shown to us goes far past traditional modes of support. We see a new and unique model where the money given reserves a seat for someone besides the donor. It’s a thrilling form of selflessness and perhaps points the way to how Cripple Creek will function in the future—as an entity that explores the needs and wants of the community at large, because that community deems that entity as something valuable to possess, support, and evolve. Thanks to you, we get to try it together. Cripple Creek is truly #blessed.
With sincere thanks, gratitude, awe, inspiration, admiration, love, etc.,
The Cripple Creek Theatre Co.