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By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
Help pave the way to financial stability and growth for the Georgetown Palace Theatre by participating in its commemorative brick program.
To support its operating expenses, education, payroll and stage productions, the Palace is inviting people to buy commemorative bricks that will be placed in the courtyard of the Doug Smith Performance Center, the Palace’s education and performance center for theater students.
Each brick costs $100 and can be purchased here. People can add up to three lines of capitalized text, 16 characters per line.
Palace Executive Artistic Director Ron Watson said the Doug Smith Center already has naming opportunities that are great for large donors, whereas the brick program is an affordable opportunity to help the Palace while putting a mark on the Doug Smith Center that will last forever.
“It’s a unique and fantastic opportunity to get their name and have it be part of the Doug Smith Performance Center,” Ron said.
He emphasized the importance of supporting the Palace during a critical time.
“Like every other arts organization in the world right now, we’re struggling because with capacity restrictions, we’re not able to put on the shows or fill the education program like we would normally be able to,” Ron said. “And even when we are, ticket sales haven’t been enough to do everything we want to do in order to run the organization. Donations and support are doubly if not triply important now. We not only need donations in a normal time, but in the time of this pandemic, our ticket sales are completely hampered.”
Another COVID repercussion has been the quiet opening of the Palace’s new center earlier this year.
“The Doug Smith [Center] really got short-changed,” Ron said. “We were going to have a grand opening, a huge event at the end of May, but obviously that didn’t happen.”
This brick program, he added, is one way to celebrate the building’s opening. Since the center opened its doors, staff have been hard at work making the most of the building despite capacity restrictions, and kids have enjoyed both in-person and virtual classes since the summer.