How can I get stage curtain donors?
Why won't our District buy curtains for our auditorium? Are there schools/theaters that will donate a curtain that isn't rotten? We have to perform with these curtains.
Have you considered going out to local businesses and asking for donations? In return you can offer them ads in your programs or their business' name on a plaque somewhere in the auditorium. Free advertising and a tax write off for them, new curtains foe you.
If that doesn't appeal to you, ask around and see if there are any private citizens who might be willing to donate them for their name on a plaque somewhere.
Actual theatre soft goods are EXPENSIVE and need to be stored properly or they quickly dry rot. I'm sure you're aware of that, but it's important to know when approaching people for that much money. Make sure any donor you approach is aware of how the drapes will be stored, hung, folded, etc.
With that out of the way:
Give gofundme.com a shot.
Create a fund raiser. Perhaps an "improv workshop" or "Lighting Design workshop" (I volunteer for that one if you fly me out. ) or a "Stage Combat Workshop" (I'll do that one too.. hehe).
Worst Case Scenario:
Hit a local Community Theatre and see if they have any they are willing to let you borrow for performances that won't interfere with their schedule.
Second to Worst Case Scenario:
Don't worry about curtains. They're rarely a necessity. If you're needing them for legs and/or teasers, then those can be made out of flats (best option muslin flats painted black). If you're worried about a main drape, they are rarely needed (though are nice to have, admittedly).
Thank you Craeft! Sounds like you really know your way around the theater. I guess we could just take our curtains down. They are hanging in shreds. We plan to hang them not store them.
Take them down and salvage what you can. You never know when your set designer might want a swath of that fabric for something.
And you might have enough to salvage for teasers.
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