Colorado ACTS Actors Company & Theatre School Newsletter
Volume 21 Issue 1 Winter/Spring 2018
Just a thought from Cindy T (A LONG! thought!)
When Leah asked Marianne and I to help with a class 21 years ago, I had no idea I would still be doing this and that ACTS would be blessed and continue to grow like it has. The Board just had a retreat a few weeks ago and Kathy put up a time line. It was amazing to see. We used to do a couple of shows a year, rehearsing in a small classroom at CCU and carrying everything we needed around in our old vans. We stored benches and blocks in Leah and Marianne’s garages. Our first CHEC convention they kept us in the lobby of the hotel, not in the main room with the real homeschool educators.
CCU gave us “Seed money” to go away because we were too big. They were the first, we counted 29 churches or spaces where we rehearsed and performed (and probably missed some!) We paid all our bills first and then paid ourselves with any money that was left. The joke was that I hoped to make enough money to buy new shoes. Our children carried bins, and trash and stuff and got yelled at by church staff and custodians for messes that weren’t theirs and played on the floor of random churches while we talked and made plans for the future. We took pay cuts so that the school would always stay in the black and learned absolutely everything the hard, wrong way. And yet, God continued to bless us, our audiences and the students we were trying to teach.
These days we have somewhere around 200 students working on something all the time. We are performing almost 50 out of 52 weekends a year. We have an outreach ministry that reaches 2000ish students and seniors every year. We have a staff of more than 20 paid teachers and staff and countless volunteers. It is exciting to see so much happening all the time. We put together a list of shows and it is just amazing to think of all the costumes and paint and odd props and interesting sets and sweat and frustration and laughter and tears that have poured out of our love of theatre.
During the next year we are going to do some re-structuring of ACTS organization. I will stay as Executive Director (or some title that seems to describe what I do). But we are looking to do some changing. The Board of Directors will be looking at how to make the school continue to run in the best way that allows us to meet our mission statement. (You can go to the web page, or pick up a flyer to find that statement.) Wikipedia defines “A nonprofit organization, is an organization that has been formed by a group of people in order "to pursue a common not-for-profit goal", that is, to pursue a stated goal without the intention of distributing excess revenue to members or leaders. A nonprofit organization is often dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a particular point of view. In economic terms, a nonprofit organization uses its surplus revenues to further achieve its purpose or mission, rather than distributing its surplus income to the organization's shareholders (or equivalents) as profit or dividends”.
We want to continue to be a non-profit organization that specifically wants to bring quality drama to the community. If you have any interest in being involved with the process of the re-structuring, please contact me or anyone on the board. We want to continue to do a good work for God’s glory. We are excited for the next leg of this journey. Don’t stop praying!