Pinocchio’s starts fund for new scripts

Every theater in town is asking for money to help start the new year (and to give you a tax break in the old one).

But here’s a request with a difference — helping Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, the one-of-a-kind children’s theater in Altamonte Mall, develop new scripts and soundtracks.

Read this message from Sean Keohane:

It is the end of the year– including the fiscal year!– and we are seeking not only donations for Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, the family puppet theater in the Altamonte Mall in Altamonte Springs, FL, but special funding for a proposed new string marionette production we plan to be written by Pinocchio’s founder and artistic director emeritus, David Eaton.

In fact, while the play titles have not yet been chosen, we expect that Dave will be writing several more marionette musicals for Pinocchio’s in the coming years, to join the classic repertoire that already exists, including Cinderella, Jack & the Beanstalk, and Aladdin.

As you may expect, creating a marionette musical, with puppets, costumes, sets, as well as script and soundtrack, can be quite an artistic and financial undertaking, and Pinocchio’s is a small not-for-profit. Our regular costs also include rent, administration, contract labor (performers), professional services, etc., etc., and etc!  And we have also endeavored to keep our ticket price down to just $5 so that Pinocchio’s can be enjoyed by all.

We do have a shortfall this year, but amazingly enough it looks like it may be only $8000 or $9000.  I say “only” because we thought a few weeks ago that it would be much higher!  Of course, it is our hope to close that gap so we do not end the year in a deficit, as even an amount that does not seem huge in the great scheme of things could prove debilitating in short order.  Our attendance last spring was much lower than anticipated, and if that happens again this spring, Pinocchio’s would very quickly be in trouble.  Filling the gap for 2010 would help cushion potential under-performance in the near future.

So we definitely ask you for a gift now, for fiscal year 2010, if you can give it.  You can make a check out to Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, and mail it to me, Sean Keohane, c/o Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, Suite 1389, 451 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL, 32701.

Provided your tax-deductible donation is postmarked by or on December 31, 2010, and carried by the US Post Office, it will count as a charitable donation you could deduct from your 2010 taxes. Pinocchio’s is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, and will supply you with the documentation you would need for such a deduction. If you have questions about this, please simply ask me via email.

You could also make a donation with a credit card over the phone, if you prefer, but, again, it would have to be made quite soon to be counted for this year’s tax filing.

While we certainly need to cover any shortfall to keep operating into the New Year, this request is specifically intended to start an ongoing fund to have retired Artistic Director and Founder David Eaton create new scripts and soundtracks for Pinocchio’s.  We hope we can count on you to help us continue to keep the Pinocchio’s legacy alive and strong for many years to come! If you do plan to send a donation, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Thanks very much for your attention, and have a wonderful New Year!


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