Summer Summary: A fundraising, barn-raising kind of season

This has been, and continues to be, a summer of theatre and art-world fundraisers. Several local and regional theatres are using the warm summer months to reconnect with their fans at outdoor fundraising events and small-audience events in donors’ homes. In June, John Hosking performed at a Bozeman Actor’s Theatre fundraiser in a donor’s backyard—with a pond and giant willow trees as backdrop and a hillside providing stadium seating. Hosking was also in a short scene from Lear during a private donor event for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

Upcoming, on August 26th, Hosking will perform in the comic one-act scene “I’m Herbert” by Robert Woodruff Anderson, in a garden party fundraiser for Open Door Community Theatre. This September, Hosking will hit the road briefly, heading up to Helena to help with “Bards of the Big Sky”, the grand opening gala fundraiser for Helena Avenue Theater. The new small-audience theatre is addressing concerns about crowd size by spreading the gala out over two weekends. Hosking will sing some of his original music between one-act shows. Check our Events Page for details about these upcoming fundraisers.

This season of fundraising and reinvention resonates with hope, even if that hope feels tenuous at times. At the most recent events, audience members have expressed delight in the sense of community, as well as gratitude for getting to enjoy live performance once more.

Wherever you are right now, whether near us in southwest Montana or anywhere else in the world, we hope you’re beginning to reconnect too! If you have any opportunity to enjoy live theatre and music right now, and you feel you can do so safely, please make a commitment to support your favorite artists. Get out there! You’ll feel more human, and your favorite artists will begin to thrive once more too.

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