Broadway Rose Theatre Company believes in the power of musical theatre to bring people together through the universal language of music and movement. With professional productions, educational camps and workshops for children and teens, and hands-on training for emerging artists and technicians, Broadway Rose’s mission is to create unparalleled musical theatre experiences that invigorate audiences and enrich its communities. In order to continue to achieve their goals, the time has come to expand their existing facility and create more opportunity for community engagement and artistic excellence.
Artists, audiences, students, and community members have maximized every inch of the New Stage, the company’s theatre and administration offices, renovated from the C.F. Tigard Elementary School’s former cafetorium in 2008. With consistently sold out performances, education programs unable to meet growing demands, an expanding staff, and operations overflowing into temporary and rented workspaces, Broadway Rose has the opportunity to expand its facility so that individuals can more fully access and participate in musical theatre, while continuing to present productions of exceptional artistic quality.
Plans for the expansion include:
A new studio space to facilitate artistic development, support education programs, and accommodate community partnerships. Uses include: rehearsals, youth camps and workshops, audience and donor engagement experiences, special events and performances, community partnership activities such as play-readings, civic forums, and meetings.
A costume shop and enlarged scenic shop to bring creative teams and resources under one roof, eliminate the expense of renting space off-site, reduce waste, improve access, and expand capacity.
Additional administrative offices to support the needs of the Broadway Rose staff.
“We’ve reached capacity with our current space,” says artistic director Sharon Maroney. “This expansion will build infrastructure to support our artistic vision, and increase the possibilities of adding programming and hosting more community groups.”
The time for this critical expansion is now. Broadway Rose is ideally positioned to launch this next stage capital campaign with a robust base of loyal and enthusiastic supporters, long-term relationships with community leaders, a healthy, debt-free financial standing; a proven record of responsible stewardship of resources, and a strong, stable staff. In addition, they have signed a new 30-year lease with the Tigard-Tualatin School District to ensure its home for decades to come.
Broadway Rose’s $3 million expansion will be made possible by its board-designated cash reserve, foundation and corporate grants, and gifts from individuals who share the company’s vision for the future of its community. $2,018,000 has already been secured and the goal is to raise the remainder of the budget by the time construction begins in the spring of 2020. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2020, and productions will not be affected.
The company has been strategically planning the expansion for years. “After more than ten years at the New Stage, Broadway Rose is in a wonderful position to deepen its community connections and develop new offerings,” states Jan Leone, president of the Board of Directors. “The board of directors enthusiastically supports expanding the building to achieve this.”
For more information on the campaign, visit www.broadwayrose.org/campaign.