The West Bend Theatre Company wasn’t able to keep one tradition going in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will keep another one going.
The West Bend Theatre Company will host a virtual event this holiday season with proceeds benefitting its fundraising campaign “Bring Up The Lights,” which aims to assist The Bend, downtown West Bend’s performance venue, purchase a new lighting control board.
Currently at The Bend, its lighting control board has limited functions, which would complicate future performances of both live theater and live concerts. Having a lighting control board will take The Bend to another level in its ability to host live events.
The campaign launched in November and has already generated more than $2,000 in donations. The goal is $4,000.
The virtual event will feature local actor Don Pountain reading the classic story “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Pountain played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the West Bend Theatre Company’s 2019 production of “A Christmas Carol” and would’ve played the same role in 2020. The event will be available for purchase at $5. With the purchase, people will receive a video link of the reading and people can watch the video from the comfort of their homes.
Tickets are available now and the event will be available starting Dec. 22 and ends Dec. 31.
“This holiday season, we weren’t able to perform our annual tradition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Nicholas Dettmann, WBTC board member. “But with the ‘Bring Up The Lights’ campaign, we are able to continue the tradition of generating money for local nonprofits to help them address their needs during the holidays.
“And, with this virtual event, we can continue to raise money for this cause, while also celebrating the holiday season safely. We’re truly excited about this offering and hope the West Bend and Washington County community can support two nonprofits aiming to improve the community.”
Founded in 2010, incorporated in 2017, the West Bend Theatre Company is a non-profit theater entity presenting live theater, camps, workshops and special events.
For more information about the West Bend Theatre Company, as well as upcoming shows, visit our website: www.wbtheatreco.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook (@wbtheatreco), Twitter (@WBTheatreCo) and Instagram (@westbendtheatrecompany).