Frequently Asked Questions
Aren't I supporting you when I buy a ticket to a show?
When you buy a ticket to a show at the Plaza Playhouse, the cost of that ticket only covers generally less than 50% of the expenses associated with producing the show.
Why don't you just raise your ticket prices?
A night at the theater should not be a luxury for the rich and famous! In order to cover the cost of production and administrative expenses without additional fundraising, an evening for two at the Plaza Playhouse Theater would cost well over $150! Ticket sales would decrease rapidly with such an expensive ticket price and Plaza Playhouse would lose many of its current patrons. Although we would earn more money per ticket, we would lose a significant number of ticket buyers and probably end up having to solicit funds anyway!
If I make a donation in addition to my ticket purchase, aren't I paying that much anyway?
Well, maybe. But not everyone can afford to donate at the same level. The Plaza Playhouse Theater keeps the ticket prices at a reasonable level in the hopes that our patrons will donate at a reasonable level in return. Whether it is a $50 donation from a first-time patron, or a $500 donation from a long-standing friend of the Plaza Playhouse, generosity at any level makes an enormous impact on our success.
Is my donation tax deductible?
YES! After your donation is processed in the office, we will send you a thank you letter detailing our tax information.
What do you do with my donation?
We spend it on the shows in our season! Next time you visit our theater, just look at the costumes, props, and scenery to see the affect of your generosity. You can be assured that your donation will directly fund the productions in the current season. When attending a Plaza Playhouse Theater show, take pride in knowing your contribution is reflected in the theater and the productions.
What do I get in return for my donation?
Besides the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting the ONLY theater in Carpinteria? You want MORE than that? Well, if you choose to sponsor a seat, you can have your name or the name of your company, etc. engraved on a plaque that is then placed on a seat in the theater. Other donations will eventually be recognized on a permanent plaque in the theater lobby.
What about corporate and foundation giving?
The Plaza Playhouse Theater solicits support from foundations and corporations each year. With so many Performing Arts groups in our area, corporations and foundations typically rotate their giving cycles. Additionally, the events of September 11th and the nation's current economic situation have taken quite a toll on many foundations and corporate giving programs. After all, a corporation who needs to lay off 100 employees just to survive is in NO position to donate money to non-profits. Therefore, we are in constant search for new corporate and foundation support. If you are involved with a corporation or foundation and are interested in donating to The Plaza Playhouse, please contact us at 805.684.6380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.