About the Program
Harlequin is currently taking applications for its Community Partnership Program, in which selected non-profit partners are granted access to 150 seats to Harlequin Productions’ final dress rehearsals, which they may sell as a fundraiser or give as thank you gifts to donors or volunteers. The non-profit pays a minimal fee in the amount of $200 (to cover hard costs) and in return, commits to filling the 150 seats. Filling all the seats allocated to the non-profit is especially beneficial to both organizations.
The intention is to provide a win-win for the non-profit partner and Harlequin Productions. The non profit partner gets an opportunity to raise money or to thank their generous donors or dedicated volunteers. In return, Harlequin’s cast and crew will benefit greatly by having a full audience for its final dress rehearsal. The audience is an essential element in live theater. A full house provides the cast and crew with that vital audience response following four weeks of closed rehearsals.
A Doll’s House – May 1, 2019
Blackbird – August 21, 2019
The Women – October 2, 2019
Typically, five final dress slots are available each season, commencing with the winter offering that opens in January.
At the Event
The non-profit may have a spokesperson give a brief (2-3 minute) acknowledgement of its supporters just prior to the curtain speech.
The non-profit will not be able to conduct any sales or fundraising activities at the final dress event. It may hand out informational materials about its mission and programs in the lobby before the event and during intermission (if there is one). These materials may contain donation information, but collection of donations that evening will not be appropriate.
It is important that the non-profit partner clearly state in its promotion of the event that tickets provide admission to a “final dress rehearsal” and not a regular performance. This audience will have the exciting experience of participating in the final steps that a cast makes toward its performance run. Prior to this final rehearsal, the cast will have only worked in front of the production staff and is now ready to be given a sense of audience response. The final dress audience provides that energy required to launch the show and give crucial experience to the cast and crew. In turn, the final dress audience enjoys a sneak peek into the process that goes into Real. Live. Theater. We appreciate our non-profit partners’ participation in this vital process.
Harlequin offers full concessions service at the event.