Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thank You

To the Middletown Community,

At Oddfellows Playhouse we know the show must go on and thanks to our supporters, students and friends it will.

This winter has been a tough one for us, as it has been for so many. Last month an ice dam resulted in a flooding and the gutting of parts of our building and this week the roof collapse at 505 Main Street resulted in the total loss of our entire props and costuming inventory. No more circus costumes for our summer circus program, no more Shakespearean costumes, no more lanterns, trunks or swords, or any other props so skillfully crafted over the years.

What we do have is a deep gratitude that no one was hurt and we are truly touched by the outpouring of support we continue to get from residents in Middletown and around the state. Costumes and props are replaceable – lives are not.

We really appreciate the many offers to help with costumes and other items but currently Oddfellows has no place to store them; however, we are able to accept monetary help, and quite frankly, we are going to need it to offset the inevitable increase in our production costs.

Oddfellows has a proud 36 year history of fostering the growth and creativity in the 2,000 students we serve each year and we will continue to do that for many years to come. We are proud to be a part of the Middletown community - and a resource enjoyed by all.

Matt Pugliese
Managing Director
Jeffery Allen
Producing Artistic Director

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