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 2013 our average price for a summer evening performance was just $17.01 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 2013 Donor Appeal Letter
Dear Friend of AFT,
"The season's done, the winter's nigh..."
This lyric, from last summer's world premiere, Windjammers, is a poetic marker guiding us back to port to prepare for 2014's "maiden voyage." Our 2013 season was both remarkable and bracing - full of artistic excellence and magic. All of our shows were set in door county, were appropriate for people of all ages, and written specifically for you, our loyal audience.
"We've seen this schooner through it all, through fog and ice and mighty squall..."
The year wasn't all smooth sailing. We opened in June, and what an unexpectedly cold month it turned out to be. Not since 1992 can we remember a year when audience members were bundled up so tightly to keep Mother Nature at bay. The unusual weather, along with a huge portion of the Peninsula Park campgrounds being closed for renovations, meant we had far fewer people attend than we normally do to kick off the season. Two rough swells - resulting in an urgent need to rebuild our rainy day (or, in this case, our shivery day) fund.
"Now standing firmly on the ground, we gather loving family 'round..."
But with your continued generosity and belief in our mission of providing affordable, original programming appropriate for all ages, we confidently forge ahead. And as a thank-you for your continued support, we're announcing our 2014 season to you first!
Summer 2014 Season – AFT Amphitheater, Peninsula State Park – June 11th - August 23rd
Strings Attached commissioned by AFT, is a "tuneful tale of tangled twins" by Dave Hudson and Colin Welford. After the twins are separated at birth, one ends up a ukulele fanatic in Hawaii, while the other becomes part of a family banjo dynasty in Wisconsin. The two worlds intertwine in musical merriment and mayhem at a northern Wisconsin lodge.
Packer Fans From Outer Space makes a terrestrial re-visit after a galactic hiatus of eleven years. This delightfully whacky musical, by Fred Heide and Lee Becker, with additional music by James Kaplan, was our biggest hit ever in 2002, when it made its earthly debut. We welcome our Packer-loving aliens back to home turf.
Guys On Ice returns to the fishing hole for a couple of nights each week. This is undoubtedly our most-requested show ever and hasn't played on our summer stage for seven years. Time for another visit into the world of Marvin, Lloyd, and Ernie the Moocher.
Fall 2014 – Door Community Auditorium
The Bachelors returns to AFT and makes its debut in the Door Community Auditorium. This follow-up to Guys On Ice, by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, celebrates the realm of bachelorhood through the lens of Stew and John, hapless bumblers in search of love in Madison, Wisconsin.
"The sun peeps through the clouds and then
the water calls us back again..."
Every year we feel it's important to stress that what you get at AFT is unlike anything you can get anywhere else. We bring you musicals crafted specifically for you, making door county memories that last a lifetime.
We sail together, always, and we count on you, our fellow crew, to make the journey with us. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation as we continue to head our ship into new and exciting, ever-uncharted waters.
"Hurrah, we're windward bound!"
See you under the stars!
Jeffrey Herbst, Artistic Director
Dave Maier, Managing Director
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.