Rehearsals for Orpheus and Euridice start next week and I am already starting to think of what our next production would be. There is nothing more fun than dreaming of what opera to do next. Should it be A Midsummer Night's Dream by Michael Ching which is entirely for a cappella chorus or maybe Penny by Douglas Pew, which is the story of a young autistic woman who finds a connection to the world through music? Should we plan a concert that features Vermont Composers? Could we do a cabaret about the perils of modern love for Valentines? The ideas are endless and it is always fun to dream.
The question is how do we make those dreams a reality. How do we ensure that VTOP is not simply one production and gone? Over the past year I have spoken to countless enthusiastic people who would like to see VTOP become a permanent part of our regions artistic scene. Thanks to the generosity of our donors we have managed to raise $54,000 toward our original goal of $88,000 for Orpheus. We have had several generous donors who have given in kind gifts of lumber, chairs as well as loans of construction and lighting equipment. It is wonderful to see our community come together in support of us.
We recently learned that we are a recipient of the Vermont Arts Endowment Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to help bring our production of Orpheus and Euridice to life. We are honored that our project was considered worthy of this grant.
The question I am putting to you is: how can you help? If you would like to be a part of bringing VTOP to Rutland, than now we need your help. Donations are of course very important. Volunteering is a huge help.
We want to be here. We want to continue to serve our community and all of Vermont. In order to do that, we need your help. Please consider a gift of time or money today.