It was a dark and stormy night… well, maybe not stormy, but always dark, dark, DARK! If Musical Theatre Southwest (MTS) received a grant of $5000 or more, we would install lighting and signage on the north side of our building. MTS is located next to the fairgrounds where street lighting is minimal. Our building has no lights or identifying signs on the side on which the main parking and street access are located. This makes finding our theater difficult and gives rise to a dark and creepy trek for our patrons and actors to and from their cars.
This is important to us because the safety and comfort of our actors and patrons is paramount in our minds at all times. Each show includes six to eight weeks of evening rehearsals, then runs four weekends. People are asked to come and go in the dark. Our shows often include child actors or audience members. The area is quiet at night. The building is not easy to find. Our Community Service Night accommodates many physically and mentally challenged people. We need our actors and patrons to always be safe and free from fear when coming to MTS.