Theatre Bristol Annual Appeal Campaign

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Dear Friends of Theatre Bristol,

Opening night reflects so much for a community theatre, especially one that hinges on volunteer talent and strength, like Theatre Bristol.

It reflects the kind of community we are, the shared stories that make us laugh and cry. The positive opportunities we offer to energetic or very shy children help them gain self-discipline and confidence. The connection it offers to teens, using art to wrestle with change and providing opportunities to experiment and be recognized. The camaraderie adults experience means a chance to stay young and play, or provide mentoring.

It reflects the personal journeys of the actors and crew, each with their own stories of theatre and its meaning to them. An audition on a lark for a chance to hang with friends becomes a leading role. Many years of acting becomes a chance to direct. An eye for helping people shine means new technical skills at the lightboard. A return to stage after years of career or raising family means rediscovering possibilities.

It reflects the priorities of a community. Priorities that value story, art, positive opportunities, quality entertainment, culture and interest, joy, and challenges overcome. It acknowledges the contribution Theatre Bristol makes to a dynamic downtown economy and a regional arts scene.

With your help, Theatre Bristol has enjoyed more than 50 years of opening nights. It is with your support this 53rd year that Theatre Bristol will continue to be an asset to the Bristol community.

In 2018, we plan to have a season of shows and events that involve young and old, first time and veteran, amateur and professional, and entertain all ages. We are excited to stage a collaboration with River’s Way, present Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Tartuffe, Pinocchio, Blithe Spirit, She Loves Me, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, as well as summer camp.

It’s an ambitious season and we need your support. We also hope to make important improvements to the building and secure our monthly expenses with contributions, grants and advertising in the coming year.

Like many non-profit community theatres, Theatre Bristol runs on a very slim budget, keeping costs low and reinvesting resources right back into the next production or children’s programming.  We have sustained our commitment to offer affordable ticket prices to high quality shows.

Our monthly expenses to keep the lights on, the water running, and our building cool or warm average about $2,000.  The cost to produce a show varies from $2,000.00 – $40,000.00.  Repairs to our more than 100-year-old building are in the tens of thousands. We also have annual insurance and state registration expenses.

We ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to Theatre Bristol.  No donation is too small and every donation will help us continue to provide opportunities for children and adults to perform in or enjoy seeing quality, family entertainment.  We thank the Tennessee Arts Commission and United Company Foundation for setting the pace and kicking off our appeal. Join them and others who care about local, community arts and opportunities.

Simply donate online here through PayPal or using your credit card, or mail your check, made out to Theatre Bristol to our address at 512 State Street Bristol, TN 37620, or use the donate buttons on this website.  Or if you would like to get involved or have any questions, please contact us at or 423-212-3625.

Thank you for supporting Theatre Bristol’s next opening night.

Suzanne Eleas
Board President

and the Theatre Bristol Board of Directors
Laura O’Bryan, Vice President
Steve Baskett, Treasurer
Dottie Havlik, Secretary
Cindi Brooks
Samantha Gray
Mary Beth Rainero
Vince Turner
Frank DeCaterina (Honorary)

Advisory Board Members

David Browning
Rick McVey


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2 thoughts on “Theatre Bristol Annual Appeal Campaign

  1. What are the dates for try out for plays and shows. For 2014 please let me know Thank you Elizabeth browning Anderson

    1. Be sure to check back at this website for the 2014 season announcement. We can also sign you up for Theatre Bristol announcements via email.
      Thank you for contacting Theatre Bristol.

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