A little-known part of acting in local theatre productions, is that a lot of fundraising has to go on, just to put on the show. Unfortunately, ticket sales alone are not enough to cover the expenses of producing a high-quality show in a great theatre like the one at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. We attract a number of fantastic sponsors, such as 89.5 The Drive, M.Y. Mini Storage, and Canex Building Supplies, but even with their support we must do fundraising every year.
So how does Secondary Characters raise money? Earlier in the year, we hosted our first ever Musical Movies Film Festival. Patrons of the Film Festival saw four great musical movies - from West Side Story to Grease. While we didn’t make much money on it this year, we did manage to put together a well-received film festival and learned lots of ideas for next year.
A few times a year, we sell Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Board members, family members and current/former cast members take turns at Walmart or Canadian Tire. While these are not big money makers, every little bit helps. Cast member Miles got into the spirit and helped sell a lot of doughnuts.
That left us with our largest and longest-running fundraiser - the Confectioner’s Cabaret! After a number of years at St. Thomas Anglican church’s hall, we moved to the Tzeachten Community Hall in June. Swinging saloon doors greeted attendees, and gingham tablecloths covered round tables of eight. A crowd of over 100 joined us for sweet treats, sweet sounds, and sweet deals on silent auction items. Thanks again to all of our silent auction sponsors for donating to our fundraiser.
The show itself featured a wide range of songs and song styles from previous shows, potential shows, and of course, both The Last 5 Years (our spotlight production) and Oklahoma! Most of the cast of Oklahoma was on hand and in addition to a number featuring just the ladies, and one featuring just the men, we closed the first half with the Oklahoma Reprise. It sent attendees off to the silent auction and to refill their dessert plates in a great mood.