As a nonprofit organization, we strive to provide the highest quality original musical theatre at the most affordable price. Ticket revenues cover only about 70% of our expenses each year. The rest of these dollars come from our dedicated donors through charitable contributions. All donors are recognized in our Playbill. Gifts of all amounts are greatly appreciated.
AFT holds to its mission of providing original musical works appropriate to people of all ages. We do this while promising to keep our ticket prices affordable. In 2014 our average price for a summer evening performance was just $18.01 per ticket - truly a bargain for professional theatre.
This can be a challenge for a professional theater with professional theatre expenses. Therefore we must rely on philanthropic support to keep performances moderately priced. In addition to financial contributions, we have over 250 community volunteers who assist the organization throughout the year.
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November 2014 Donor Appeal Letter
Dear Friend of American Folklore Theatre/Northern Sky,
Take a look at the pictures above. Do you recognize them? Can you tell which show they're from at a glance?
Many of you had the chance to see these photos and hundreds more like them at the Door Community Auditorium this fall, where they were on display in the Link Gallery. It was incredibly heartwarming to hear your recollections as you strolled through:
"Is that Doug? Oh, Gosh...
I love his facial expressions!"
"Did we see that one?"
"Look at Doc's long hair!"
"That show was my favorite.
Oh, no...wait, it's too hard to choose!"
For 25 years, you've built your own memories from the 50 original shows produced at AFT. Each of you has a personal gallery that you've stored as your AFT experience.
As we make the transition to our new name, "Northern Sky Theater," we want to add to your collection for the next 25 years. To that end, we have more original shows in the works than ever before. Our 2015 summer season will feature not one, but two new musicals:
Summer 2015 Season – AFT Amphitheater, Peninsula State Park – June 11th - August 29th
When Butter Churns to Gold - World Premiere
A villain (boo!), a hero (yay!), a heroine (aww!), and plenty of audience interaction in a romp done in high style by Peter Welkin, Ron Barnett, and Randi Wolfe.
We will also bring back Strings Attached, which you made one of AFT's most successful shows ever this past summer. A "tuneful tale of tangled twins" by Dave Hudson and Colin Welford.
Fall 2015 – Door Community Auditorium
In the fall, we will present one of your all-time favorite shows, Lumberjacks in Love, for the first time indoors at the Door Community Auditorium.
How is it possible that we could have two original shows ready for you in a single year? It's because of your generous donations in support of our mission to create new musicals appropriate for people of all ages. Thank you for all that you've done over the past 25 seasons through your incredible support as patrons, donors, and volunteers. We write our shows for you.
Now . . . take a look at the picture below. Notice something unusual in the audience? Yes, that's a television camera. You might have been in the audience when Wisconsin Public Television taped Guys on Ice at our theater in the park. If you missed it, don't worry, the performance will make its television debut this spring. Plus, see our donation form to learn how you can be one of the first to get the DVD.***
The thing that struck us most in watching you pore over the hundreds of pictures in our gallery is that these are your pictures. You point to them fondly; you reminisce warmly; you share them with friends and family like an old yearbook with familiar faces.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to create new shows that will make this gallery ever richer. Together we'll add countless memories to our collective history of magical moments under the Northern Sky.
See you under the stars!
Jeffrey Herbst, Artistic Director
Dave Maier, Managing Director
***As a Thank You for donating $500 or more before April 30th, 2015 you are eligible to receive a FREE DVD of
Guys on Ice.
Visionary ($10,000 and up)
Benefactor ($5000 - $9999)
Producer ($2500 - $4999 )
Director ($1000 - $2499 )
Actor ($500 - $999)
Designer ($250 - $499)
Stage Manager ($100 - $249)
Donor ($50 - $99)
Friend ($1 - $49)
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 AFT. They will have some paperwork for you to complete.
Fred Alley New Musical Fund
AFT produces original musical works. A new show can take three years of writing and workshopping before it is ready for production. AFT 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 AFT. 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 AFT and offers you financial benefits as well. Publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds, etc.) may be transferred to AFT, 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 AFT, contact Dave Maier at the AFT Office, (920) 854-6117 x102.