Comitted to putting on large-scale shows at high quality, a business plan is vital to the success of Calliope Theatre Company. Luckily, the experience on our team means we can put together a picture of what we will need at different stages to meet our goals.
You can help us reach any and all of these goals with either a direct donation or by becoming a Calliope member.
Covering our startup costs is the smallest and most immediate financial goal. We need a clean, friendly online experience and have our paperwork in order to accept tax-deductible donations. Incorporating with the state (complete), filing fees for our tax-exempt application with the IRS, and establishing the web presence you're enjoying right now are all covered in our immediate goal of $900.
In our first fundraising campaign "Night on the Hamil-town", you helped us raise over $4,000.00 and our company took off!
Put on a show! Our goal is to debut with a big musical to show the community what Calliope is capable of. We'll have to purchase the rights; rent a venue and purchase insurance; pay local directors and designers; create or collect the set, costumes, and props; advertise; cover fundraising platform fees; and provide stipends to actors and musicians.
After being delayed by COVID, we put on Head Over Heels in summer 2021 and our planned first show Jekyll & Hyde in early 2022. With our members, donors, and sponsors, we are able to pay all actors and musicians for our third musical, Bridges of Madison County in August 2022!
If we have anything to say about it, Calliope is going to grow fast. We are planning to utilize larger local venues to produce 2 shows each summer and 1-2 regular season productions of somewhat smaller scale as funds and venue availability allow. If we are careful in selection and spending, we should be able to build our savings with each show, as we build a following and reputation in the region.
Our 5-year goals are to secure a permanent location where Calliope can live, to hire 1-2 business and artistic staff, and to produce full 4-6 show seasons each year. We would love to use this space in partnership with other local companies, to support and encourage as many local theatre artists and performers as possible.