BENEFITING: CRESSON LAKE PLAYHOUSE
Cresson Lake Playhouse needs to raise $5,000 to upgrade lighting and sound equipment at the barn theatre.
As you probably know, we've been having issues with sound at the barn for years. A professional review reported that most of the sound system is adequate for the space including the amplifiers and speakers which are old but serviceable. A used 32-channel analog Yamaha sound board was recently donated and will be more than adequate for some time to come.
The source of our sound issues has been the microphones which are not only old but also worn out. Last season, we were fortunate enough to borrow some microphones which made a big, big difference. But that was a one-time-only deal. To fix the problem permanently, we need to purchase new ones. Twenty quality microphones along with their matching transmitters and receivers will cost about $500 each and will provide our audiences with a better experience for years to come.
Many of our lighting instruments are 30+ years old and are in need of replacement for both technical and safety reasons. New LED lighting instruments ($500 each) will be safer and much more energy efficient, reducing our electric bill by as much as $2,500/year. In addition, they will reduce our A/C usage in the summer because LED’s run much cooler than older lighting units.
LED lighting instruments also offer our designers significantly more flexibility because each unit has its own computer chip that offers a wide array of programmable colors that can be changed over the course of the show rather than just one color in the old instruments.
We plan to replace all 40 lighting units this year. We've already found a used lighting board for $1,400 that will be able to handle the new computerized LED instruments.
Two-year $30,000 project including a $10,000 challenge grant from Penelec
The total project cost to upgrade both the lighting and sound systems is $30,000 over two years. Penelec (through the Community Foundation of the Alleghenies) has awarded Cresson Lake Playhouse a $10,000 challenge grant that must be matched dollar for dollar.
The plan to reach our $30,0000 project goal over the next two years is to combine the $10,000 Penelec grant along with $10,000 through fund-raising events and another $10,000 through a special appeal campaign to our audience members and our corporate sponsors in 2016 and 2017. That's where you come in. We need to raise $5,000 online by August 31.
Penelec's generosity (through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies) has given us an opportunity and a challenge. As a supporter, we hope that you will donate to this special appeal to upgrade the lighting and sound systems at CLP. You'll see a big difference this season with these improvements.