This November 21 go the EXTRA mile for Creative Works of Lancaster. On that day, we’re participating in the Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving. For 24-hours only, visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation (min. $25) and every dollar you donate will be stretched by $250,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors. PLUS, there’s an additional $50,000 in prizes we can win just from your donation!
Theater does more than build community. Theater is community. Theater is a sharing of energy, melding of hearts, and exchange of ideas. And this sharing isn’t just between actors and audience, but within the audience too. More than any other art form, theater requires togetherness, and reinforces that same togetherness.
But this amazing art form is constantly in danger of becoming stagnant. Someone has to infuse new into theater. New works, new takes on old works, new audiences. What keeps theater alive and relevant? This very newness.
That’s where Creative Works of Lancaster takes a lead role. We dare to do what has never been done in this community. We bring the works that otherwise would never see a stage. We work at stages that would otherwise never see work. And we bring more new people into the togetherness, into the community, into the circle of sharing that is the soul of this art.
Each summer, we produce a play, free to audiences, in a city park. Children who have never had access to theater can see it come together live. This summer, in Crystal Park, over 500 people witnessed theater in a venue that has never seen a performance like it before.
We produce new works by local writers. The words, the ideas, the spirit of this community is produced on stage, and from here can move outward to influence the world.
Yes, perhaps we sound lofty when we describe what we do, but we believe in it. We relish the challenge and the results.
Each dollar you give is the very plasma that helps to keep theater, the most ancient interactive form of art, alive, vibrant, and empowering for our city, our county, our community.