BackStory’s mission to provide affordable, high quality theatre arts education, performance, and patron opportunities in our community is accomplished by providing educational technique and performance-based classes in our studio with scholarships for low-income families, free workshops and classes in community spaces (such as The Refuge, Sister Carmen Community Center, Broomfield FISH, City & County of Broomfield Library, Recreation Center, Museums, and Invent HQ maker spaces) and free afterschool programming in schools with high participation in free/reduced lunch programs (Emerald Elementary and Sanchez Elementary). Through our outreach efforts, we provide over 100 hours of free programming each year. We also produce high-quality patron opportunities through auditioned youth productions of classical parodies in summer and our fully staged Broadway style musical every fall.
The COVID19 pandemic impacted programming across all aspects of our organization, from canceled summer productions to amended current classes rehearsing and performing online. While these changes created opportunities for ingenuity and continued creativity, they have taken a toll on revenue streams. Your contribution can make a significant impact in offsetting those losses. Through participation in the Paycheck Protection Program, existing grant funding, and contributions from community members, our staff have been able to continue to teach modified programming. We have taught nearly 20 hours of free online workshops this spring and summer and have launched a modified summer class schedule with strict adherence to state and local guidelines for safety. We are very hopeful that, with continued community support, we will be able to launch a modified performance season with our annual fall musical and continue providing educational opportunities in studio, online, and for our school and community partners.
Now, more than ever, our community needs opportunities to come together and our students need opportunities to connect, grow in confidence, and find joy in creating art. BackStory Theatre’s work would not be possible without donations from our families, local businesses, and community organizations.