State of the Pelican Address Posted September 17, 2013 by Nancy Jones, Theater Manager

This is our fiscal year report for October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013.

We began the year in the Fall with our production of The Trials of Robin Hood, with the largest cast ever. In the spring, we did Fairy Tale Theater, an audience participation fairy tale mystery. And our Summer Recital in August sold the most tickets ever for a recital. We finished the year with our first “small” cast performance of Greater Tuna.

In December and May, the Senior Adults from Karen Rosson’s program had field trips to the Rebeca Sosa Theater and watched performances by our puppets and pantomime students. The seniors were also treated to a final dress rehearsal of Greater Tuna.

And, as always, the Pelicans participated in the Fourth of July parade.

On February 23, 2013, we held a fund raiser for the theater, a murder mystery evening called Murder Most Fowl. We partnered with the fabulous Senior High Math Club, Mu Alpha Theta, who served a great dinner and their equally delicious desserts.

We also partnered this year with local service organizations to provide a fundraising opportunity for them. With our Robin Hood show, we invited the Archery Club to sell tickets for our Gala performance night. We did the same with Fairy Tale Theater and American Cancer Society, Relay for Life groups.

We launched a new website, with a “behind the scenes” blog and a photo gallery of past shows. We also set up video links with “Trailers” for our main stage show, Fairy Tale Theater.

Our media team, Mary Reed, Sam Chazon, and Gretchen Gordon, upgraded our programs this year by using the Playbill system and adding ads from local businesses.

We had 8 visiting companies who rented the theater for a total of 20 days. The City realized a profit of over $5,200 from those rentals.

And we want to take a moment to thank Omar Luna and Patty Bradley of the Miami Springs Community Center for their wonderful support of all that we do. They are very helpful and we truly appreciate both of them and the staff at the community center. And major thanks to Tom Nash and the “heavy lifters” from Miami Springs Public Works who set up the staging and risers for the audience.

THANKS AGAIN TO THE CITY OF MIAM SPRINGS FOR ITS SUPPORT OF THE CITY’S COMMUNITY THEATER.

Nancy Jones, Theater Manager

Nancy Jones, Theater Manager