Lincoln Community Playhouse
– Via Daily Nebraskan*
Since the Lincoln Community Playhouse first opened its doors in 1954, it has relied heavily on donations from the public. For this reason, the Board of Directors for the Playhouse has come up with many different ways for people to donate: buying season tickets, participating in Give to Lincoln Day and attending their Party with the Playhouse.
The newest way to donate is through the use of pitch.Me, an app that requires anyone requesting an online meeting with the Playhouse to make a small donation to the charity of their choosing in exchange for 15 minutes of undivided attention.
“It’s called respectful commerce, which basically means that you are respecting someone’s time by paying for it,” said Morrie Enders, executive director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse.
According to Enders, this app will be the mortar that holds the Playhouse’s bricks together throughout the year.
Enders said he thinks of the different ways to donate as if it was someone at a buffet.
“Someone might not like mashed potatoes, so you have baked potatoes too, so there’s another option,” Enders said.
Enders himself has also begun using the app to schedule his meetings and said he is excited to see the ways this app changes how donations work.
When the pitch.Me user chooses to donate to the Playhouse, the money from donations gets used to pay for production necessities such as royalties, scripts, costumes, props, scenery-building supplies and payroll for directors, designers and teachers.
Enders said the donations do not just fund items needed for productions; they also help fund inclusive programs like The Penguin Project. This program began in Peoria, Illinois, and was founded by Dr. Andrew Morgan, a pediatrician who works with children with special needs.
Enders said the project creates a relationship between the artists, who are the youth with special needs, and the mentors who guide the artists. Both groups learn all of the lines and dance involved with the performance. During the performance, the artist plays the role while the mentor stays in the background.
According to Enders, the Playhouse began to take part in The Penguin Project in 2014. Since then, it has produced shows such as “Annie Jr.,” “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and “High School Musical Jr.”
In May, they will be producing “Music Man Jr.”
“Our kids are Penguins because they may not be able to fly, but they soar in so many other ways,” Enders said.
Enders said that because the Playhouse relies on donations, it tries to make itself as open to different ways to donate as it can. With pitch.Me and other donation methods, Enders and the Playhouse are able to raise the additional funds it needs to expand and foster constructive programs like The Penguin Project.
“It is important to have many ways for people to donate because people feel comfortable donating in different ways,” Enders said.
* Nyholm, Alexis (2017, November 27). New app to help with donations for Lincoln Community Playhouse. The Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved from http://www.dailynebraskan.com/arts_and_entertainment/new-app-to-help-with-donations-for-lincoln-community-playhouse/article_cf2cc880-d330-11e7-9f88-6b7181e869f3.html