Please support FREE theater with a tax-deductible gift!

December 7, 2015

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to open A Christmas Carol Panto at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, we can’t help but look back over the past season with a smile. Our 36th Season has been filled with many proud and joy-filled moments.

We opened our season with Pied Piper on Parade, had six incredibly rewarding weeks of Summer Arts Workshop, brought Circus Smirkus back once again, and introduced our groundbreaking production of Twelfth Night to hundreds of Maudslay State Park visitors. As always, we worked hard to have a positive impact on our community and to meet the need for inventive family-friendly theater and youth arts education programs. To continue this work, we need your help.

Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $50, $100 or more to Theater in the Open this year. Your gift will have a big impact. This past year, support from donors like you was been integral to every production, as corporate underwriting and state funding has been trimmed.  

Donor support also helps to underwrite our Summer Arts Workshop Scholarship Program, allowing us to meet the increasing number of scholarship requests we receive each year. Ensuring that our arts education programs are accessible to children from diverse economic backgrounds makes an enormous difference to so many local families.

To keep our performances free at Maudslay State Park and to continue to offer Arts Education Program Scholarships, we need your support. Please consider giving this year — as always, your donation is a gift to this entire community.

Happy holidays to you and yours.

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 34 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 On Stage, 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:
 institution charitable
Our Azalea:
Our Lady Slippers:
Jeremy and Arlene Barnard

Special Thanks:

to Leslie Aisner Novak for her generous donation and maintenance of audience seating. Please visit for more information on her products.