The Scioto Foundation has announced the creation of The Portsmouth Little Theatre Endowment Fund, a new organizational fund. With the establishment of the new endowment, PLT will join 24 other community nonprofits who will participate in the Foundation’s 2015 Scioto Gives matching on-line gift program on October 22, according to Kim Cutlip, SF Executive Director.
“In The Portsmouth Little Theatre’s 66-year history, we have always relied on box office receipts and season ticket patrons for operational funds,” said Leigh Anne Smith, PLT spokesperson and vice-president of the community theatre’s Board of Governors. “We have lived from show to show. This is finally our chance to save for the future. We know we need to plan further ahead.”
“I am thrilled that The Portsmouth Little Theatre has established its endowment fund with the Scioto Foundation,” said Cutlip. “We look forward to working with PLT during Scioto Gives. The one-day on-line matching gift program will give PLT a solid opportunity to build their new fund.”
Contributions may also be made to the PLT Endowment Fund by theatre and arts fans, friends and members of the general public at any time. Donations may be in the form of gifts of cash, securities or property.
The Portsmouth Little Theatre’s mission is to encourage and promote the dramatic and technical interests and abilities of its members and to contribute to the cultural life of the community by providing an atmosphere that promotes interest in and access to the art of live theatre. Another goal of the long-running community theatre is to provide a standard of excellence in its selection and presentation of plays.
Born in 1948, PLT’s first show was “My Sister Eileen,” directed by Barbara Robinson Webb, author of the well-known book, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Auditions were held at the Portsmouth High School auditorium, home to the organization for several years. The set for the first show was built in volunteers’ garages. Charter memberships were sold for $5.00.
When Doc Metro’s movie house on Lawson Street went up for sale, the newly-formed non-profit organization purchased the building. Standing at the corner of Lawson Street and 12th Street or St. Rt. 52 West, the theatre has seen close to six decades of dramas, comedies and musicals. PLT typically offers four live theatre productions each season.
Additional information about the new Portsmouth Little Theatre Endowment Fund or other planned giving investment opportunities at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting the staff at (740) 354-4612.