Espanola’s MainStreet Theatre (EMST) has an anonymous donor who will match all donations made between now and April 1st, 2016, up to $10,000.
EMST is an artistic outlet for the community. Through live performances, we can all explore other worlds and diversity our knowledge. Theatre helps people increase their understanding of themselves and others, promoting mental and emotional wellbeing.
We hold open casting calls where anyone can audition, youth programs, and produce a minimum of five shows per year. Our staff is a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about bringing performances to a wide range of audiences. We present shows with a variety of focuses so there is sure to be something for everyone.
We believe that everyone can benefit from theatre. Open casting calls invite people from all walks of life to come into the space and audition, regardless of experience level. Even those too shy to be on the stage have something to gain from taking part as backstage crew, where all the secret magic happens.
In order to raise money to help the theatre move forward, we are soliciting as many donations as possible during this critical period. Every single dollar we receive will be matched by the anonymous donor, instantly doubling your donation. We would like to thank you in advance for your contribution in keeping this vital artistic outlet open to the Espanola community. Thank you very much for your help in keeping this theatre running.
Your donation is tax deductible and a letter will be sent to you after your donation is processed. If you have further questions or need more information, please visit www.EMSTheatre.com
WHO WE ARE
Espanola’s MainStreet Theatre is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of volunteers!
To date, the theatre has put on more than twenty theatrical productions, including recitals for classes for youth and adults, full plays, and music performances.
We offer Summer Youth Drama Camps where students are taken through the basics of all things theatre. By learning things like line memorization, set building, stage presence, and costuming, the students create life skills that will stay with them into adulthood. Building strong kids means building a strong community!
EMST is located on Espanols’a westside, a part of town known for gang activity – the outside of our building has been vandalized four times in the past year alone. The neighborhood is fighting back against the negativity that has surrounded the area for too long and we are with them in the drive to reclaim Main Street. The young people in the area need an artistic outlet. The theatre’s location is ideal, with large public housing developments within walking distance and a free bus service directly across the street. Espanola is an underserved city and the central hub for many outlying communities that are even further underserved, including a number of pueblos and small villages.
Mission: To produce quality entertainment, increase our understanding of ourselves and others, and cultivate mental and emotional wellbeing through the artistic outlet of live performance and the exploration of personal creativity.
Espanola’s MainStreet Theatre will accomplish this by:
• Presenting five or more productions per year;
• Providing artistic opportunities to the community through open casting calls, classes, and workshops;
• Offering an enjoyable, quality experience to our community through theatrical productions and events;
• Generating the necessary resources and efficiently managing those resources in support of these goals
In addition to the five standard productions for the 2016 year, there are a number of community oriented projects in the works:
• Play Writing Workshop- Students write short plays, using the rest of the class as their performers.
• Creative Movement – Students learn to use their bodies to express themselves through dance and movement.
• Summer Drama Camp – A three week summer youth drama camp intensive that will culminate in a play at the end.
• Drama in the Schools – Issue-based plays brought to the schools, put on by students for the rest of the school, along with experts on the topics to answer questions at the end.