We just want to say thanks once again for making 2010 tops in our record books. In 2009 we topped donations by 60% from the year before. In 2010 we topped our 2009 figure by an additional 50%. It’s consistently unbelievable that we have these record years and manage to come back a year later and do even better. 2010 was also once again our highest grossing calendar year to date, selling more tickets than ever before.
We added performances to every single production in 2010 with the exception of boom!, which wasn’t because of sales but due to actor availability.
More tickets sold, more performances and more good people who give because they believe in the value of what we offer this region means we’re better able to handle the ebb and flow of producing, that we’re able to continue to raise our production values and that we’re better able to pay our incredible artists. We’re also able to do this with respect to your wallets in not raising the cost of our tickets. Jobsite has kept ticket costs frozen for 5 straight years. We’ve also actually lowered the cost of our student, senior citizen and military rush tickets. With a standard top ticket price of $24.50, we’re among the more affordable options for professional theater in the region.
We couldn’t do any of this without your support. Not just your financial support, but via the Facebook posts you pass on to friends, your tweets about the show you just saw, the bar chat with your friends about the killer Jobsite show you saw last weekend. For us, we’re happy to have you as a season ticket holder or as someone who waits until the last second trying to find the best possible deal – at least you’re coming. We appreciate that, truly. We also think that 2010 was a high artistic success, why else would you be coming, right? What the Butler Saw, boom!, Pericles v.2, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Dog Sees God, Einstein’s Dreams, Mindgame – not to mention countless staged readings, side projects, special events and co-productions – all rocked local audiences and critics. We hope to be able to say that 2011 was even better.
Speaking of which, The Odd Couple is on sale now and selling at a record pace. We’re not surprised by that, even if you might be surprised that we’re doing a Neil Simon comedy. Take a look at the photos that Brian Smallheer took of Paul Potenza and Shawn Paonessa. They actually deserve the credit here – it was their idea to bring this show to the Jobsite stage. Personally speaking I can’t wait to see how they, director Chris Holcom, and the rest of that brilliant cast come together to offer their take on the 1965 Tony Award winner for Best Play.
Get these tickets fast though. They are truly selling at a faster pace than anything in recent history. If you’d like to still make a tax-deductible gift to Jobsite in 2010, you still have a few weeks. Thank you for 2010. Truly. We’re extremely thankful for the support of this region and look forward to making 2011 once again our best year yet.
David M. Jenkins Producing