Support Theater in the Open with a tax-deductible gift!

November 27, 2016

Dear Friends,

For 37 years, Theater in the Open has been a vital part of the Northshore’s cultural landscape. We bring theater performances to the public, at no cost, in the beauty of Maudslay State Park and connect children with art and nature through our beloved youth arts education programs. Families return to Theater in the Open year after year, generation after generation, thanks to your support.

This December, we hope you will consider a major gift to help Theater in the Open continue this valued programming in 2017 and beyond.

This is an important time for Theater in the Open. After many long years of working to secure a long-term lease on the Gatekeeper’s House, our headquarters is finally entering into DCR’s Curatorship Process. This means that we have the opportunity to show the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that we are unquestionably the best stewards of this special property. Your pledge helps demonstrate community support for Theater in the Open.

In these important final weeks of 2016, we ask that you look back on all the wonderful ways Theater in the Open has impacted your family, friends and neighbors —indeed, this entire community — and look ahead with a tax-deductible donation.

Each donation goes a long way to help Theater in the Open provide important cultural and educational experiences to Northshore families, including Summer Arts Workshop Scholarships, and the magical free theater and events we offer throughout the year.

Please support Theater in the Open today with your gift of $75, $150 or $300. Click here to make your one-time donation, or email if you would like to set up a monthly recurring gift this year.

With gratitude for all of your support and best wishes this holiday season,

Kelly Shea Knowles, Executive Director

Edward Speck, Artistic Director


Theater in the Open has sought to provide high quality art to our community for the past 37 years, with a philosophical emphasis on accessibility.  In order to further that goal, we announced in March 2011, that our theatrical productions “in the Open” at Maudslay State Park would be offered free to the public.  Please consider making a gift today to support free performances “in the Open.”  Click the link below or  mail your check made out to OnStage, Inc. to:

Theater in the Open
P.O.Box 215
Newburyport, MA 01950

Our Endowment

George A. Randall Endowment Fund:  In 2010 we established an endowment fund as a memorial to our long time friend and supporter George A. Randall (November 18, 1944 – January 17, 2010). The fund is an investment in our future and will be used to secure a long-term residence for Theater in the Open. Contributions are tax deductible. If you wish to help secure our future, please note this fund on your check made out to On Stage, Inc.

Be a Sponsor

Sponsoring Theater in the Open signals that you or your business cares about the culture of your community.  Begin a partnership today! You can download our sponsorship form here.

Sponsorship levels:

Mountain Laurel……………………………….Donation $2,000.00
Full page ad in our programs, 8″ x 5″, listed as sponsor on our website, logo on all outgoing communications, and a logo on each of our show posters

Rhododendron………………………………..Donation $1,000.00
Half page ad in our programs, 4″ x 2.5″, listed as sponsors on our website, logo on all outgoing communications

Azalea……………………………………………….Donation $500.00
Quarter page ad in our programs, listed as sponsor on our website

Lady Slipper……………………………………..Donation $250.00
Businesss Card size ad in our programs, listed as sponsor on our website

Meet our Sponsors:

Our Mountain Laurel Sponsors:
 institution charitable
Our Rhododendron Sponsor:
Ganesh Imports
Our Azalea Sponsors:
The Flynn-Kamber Family
The White Family
Our Lady Slipper Sponsors:
Jeremy & Arlene Barnard
Anne Verret-Speck & Forrest Speck