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Productions on a Tight Budget
Every play has a budget, but small schools and youth groups desiring to put on a production are faced with a bigger decision.
1.) Should we not do a production because of a lack of funds?
2.) Should we do a production, but one that is less than what we want?--I call these "Sunday-School plays."
3.) Can we do a full-length production with all the costumes and pageantry? If the latter is chosen, soon, questions strike up a noisy chorus--How will we afford a play? How can we afford costumes and scenery?
First, every director is going to face questions and obstacles at varying levels. For this article's sake, I'm going to work from the perspective of the small school.
To leaders everywhere, I would ask, what is in your heart to do? Are you filled with a passion to put on a great production? Then go for it! A small school or group is often constrained by a limited budget and usually, a lower amount of students, but this doesn't have to stop you from putting on a fabulous production.
Tap into ALL your resources.
1.) Choose a play based resources.
I have gone to plays where the directors put huge amounts of money and time into sets and costumes, but the acting was mediocre. Know your actors' strengths--and build on them. Actors joyfully sharing their gift will make your production successful and will keep audiences wanting more!
(See the article Know your Strengths.)
3.) Tap into all available financial resources.
|4.) Involve Parent volunteers:
6.) Keep costume costs down. (See the article Costumes Anyone.)
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