This year we're celebrating our 60th season, so it’s natural to look back at our origins. We’ve come such a long way from that first season when we presented two productions over six weeks in that enormous tent. Much has changed over the past 60 years – but several things have remained constant since our founding. There was a group of individuals who believed in this important endeavour and provided the much-needed support. Their generosity inspired others who were eager to make the dream a reality, and $157,000 was raised – an impressive amount for a grass-roots group in 1953. With these gifts, the tent went up, rehearsals were completed and the fanfare heralded the beginning of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Join in the celebration Just as in 1953 when we needed each donor to help fulfill the dream of creating great theatre, we need your support and encouragement today as we launch our milestone 60th season. Donate today in celebration of our 60th season. Our goal is to match the gifts from 1953 and to raise $157,000 to launch our 2012 season.
I also invite you to share with us a memorable Stratford moment that has influenced your decision to support us*. Perhaps it’s an outstanding performance or a particularly memorable play, or perhaps a special experience with family, friends or the Stratford community while visiting us. Whatever it is, please share it with us as we celebrate our 60th season.
As a token of our gratitude for your generosity, we will recognize all donations of $100 or more by listing your name in the donor recognition area of our website.
*When you make a donation during the check-out process you will be invited to share your comments. Please note that some comments will be posted on our website.