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November 2015 Donor Appeal Letter
Dear Friend of Northern Sky,
Iris and Jim Friedlieb, great supporters and volunteers, recently shared a story about their granddaughter, Livi, that we thought was both humorous and heartwarming. Seven-year-old Livi had only ever gone to theater at Northern Sky in Peninsula State Park. Iris planned a trip for them to go to a theater in the Chicago area, indoors, of course. She reassured Livi that it would be fun to see theater at a new place. When they arrived and walked in, Iris said, "See, isn't this nice?" Livi responded, "Yes, Grandma, but where are the woods?"
More than anything, that innocent observation captures the heart of what we all love about Northern Sky. Those woods and that magical setting make Northern Sky truly unique. We know it's a large part of what draws you in every year.
But the other critical thing that makes your experience at Northern Sky something special is what you get to see on stage--original and affordable shows, written with you and your families in mind. What other theater company does that, year after year?
This summer, on Tuesdays after the show, we invited our audience to join us around our campfire ring to share some songs, hear some jokes, and answer your questions about Northern Sky. With kids on parents' and grandparents' laps, you encouraged us, with your kind words and insightful questions, to keep doing what we're doing. So we will!
As a special thank you for your support, we'd like to announce our upcoming summer season to you first.
Summer 2016 Season – Peninsula State Park Amphitheater – June 15th - August 27th
Doctor! Doctor! - World Premiere
This delightful musical by Matt Zembrowski is a charming tribute to the nostalgic nature of innocent, small-town life in Door County, where residents reluctantly but humorously adapt to change. Matt has had a 20-year dream of seeing a musical that he wrote produced on the Northern Sky stage. And he's only 32!
Lumberjacks in Love, a long-time favorite, extends its wonderful fall run with a return to the woods.
Partly, we're bringing back both Butter and Bones because a lot of people missed the opportunity to see them this summer due to rainouts and an electrical outage. We really got hammered with weather this year, no doubt about it. Never, in twenty-five years, have we had to inform so many people on so many nights that the show, contrary to the cliché, would not go on. Consequently, we lost a week of revenue, and the only way for us to make that up is with your help.
If you've never given in the past, this would be a great year to consider a first-time gift.
At the end of each performance of Lumberjacks this past fall, we had the privilege of talking about how special it was to do a show that has been a part of Northern Sky for 20 years. Unbelievably, it was written for our 1996 summer season. It was also, unfortunately, the last summer show that Fred Alley, one of our beloved co-founders, was able to write for us. In Fred's name and to extend his legacy, we continue to rely on the Fred Alley New Musical Fund to create new shows.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our general operating fund, the Fred Alley New Musical Fund, or both.
We look forward to the day when Livi's own granddaughter has her first experience seeing a show in the magical woods beneath the Northern Sky.
See you under the stars!
Jeffrey Herbst, Artistic Director
Dave Maier, Managing Director
$25,000 & Up - Belgian Angel
$10,000 to $24,999 - Victory Farmer
$5000 to $9999 - Spitfire Griller
$2500 to $4999 - Windjammer
$1000 to $2499 - Ice Fisher
$500 to $999 - Happy Lumberjack
$300 to $499 - Muskie Lover
$125 to $299 - Galactic Packer
$75 to $124 - Bone Dancer
$1 to $74 - Cheesehead
Many companies will match their employees' donations to non-profit organizations. If your employer participates, please contact them and let them know you would like them to match your donations to Northern Sky. They will have some paperwork for you to complete.
Fred Alley New Musical Fund
Northern Sky produces original musical works. A new show can take three years of writing and workshopping before it is ready for production. Northern Sky needs to provide for our authors and directors with financial resources and time to continue bringing you the excellent shows that have become a standard for Northern Sky. For more information please visit the Fred Alley New Musical Fund page.
Consider a Gift of Stock or Securities
A gift of stock can provide much needed support for Northern Sky and offers you financial benefits as well. Publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) may be transferred to Northern Sky, entitling you to an income tax reduction for the full market value of the securities. For more information on how to transfer your securities to Northern Sky, contact Dave Maier at the Northern Sky Office, (920) 854-6117 x102.