Let's Get Very Merry Summer 2020
Greetings Very Merry Theatre friends, family and supporters! Summer is one of our favorite times of year because it signals the start of our camp season and our beloved wagon tours. Summer is also the time of year where we gather with you to celebrate the VMT community and thank our supporters at our summer fundraiser. Due to circumstances related to the pandemic we are so sad to share that this year we will not be able to have our in-person “Let’s Get Very Merry” summer party and fundraiser.
Although we can’t gather in person, we want to share some updates with you and acknowledge the incredible community support we have received throughout this year. Now more than ever Very Merry Theatre will need to rely on the generosity of our community to help us navigate the serious financial impact of the pandemic. There is much work to be done in our local community to wrap around youth and create spaces and programming where they feel safe, celebrated and supported. We remain committed to work with community partners to combat racism and to ensure that our programming is equitable and inclusive. Thank you for being loyal fans and supporters of our efforts to build strong and inspired youth through theatre arts. You truly are a cherished member of the Very Merry Theatre community. While we will not be able to gather in person at our summer fundraiser, we hope you find the video links and photos on the following pages, inspiring and will make a donation to VMT!
We truly value our partnerships with other youth-serving organizations in our community! Here is a video that highlights one of our very special collaborations with King Street Center. King Street honored Don Wright and Very Merry Theatre with a high five award in November and created this heartfelt tribute:
Business Sponsors and Grant Funders
At our summer fundraiser we had planned to publicly acknowledge and express our most sincere appreciation for the following local businesses who generously supported us as title sponsors, advertisers or significant donors during our 2020 winter and spring seasons:
Physician’s Computer Company (PCC)
Butch + Babe’s
Brian’s North End Automotive
Burlington Bank Card
Northfield Savings Bank
Burlington Electric Department
We deeply appreciate grant funding from VT Children’s Trust Foundation that supported multiple scholarships this year, as well as VT Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts who provided emergency relief funding related to COVID 19. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been extreme on small-businesses and nonprofits and we can’t thank them enough for their meaningful contributions in support of our mission. We encourage you to reach out and in turn support them as patrons and customers.
VMT Class of 2020
And while we sure wish we could have acknowledged our Very Merry Theatre graduating seniors in person at their final show this spring, we did invite them to create videos to share with us what Very Merry Theatre has meant to them. Listen to Ruby reflect on her VMT experience and check out our Facebook page if you want to view more senior tributes. Please feel free to make a donation in honor of a graduating senior!
VMT Remote Programming
During the spring season, Very Merry Theatre teaching artists banded together and made a speedy transition to offering remote programming. We believed that it was critically important to offer both low cost as well as free programming to keep young people engaged in creativity and we were so inspired by all of the amazing ways they expressed themselves via Zoom in our remote theatrical creations!
Summer Camps 2020
More recently we spent countless hours planning for the reopening of in-person programming through our summer camps at our Charlotte Barn, Vergennes and 20 Allen street sites. Our teen counselors and teaching artists have been a source of inspiration as they reimagined much adored theatre games in physically distanced configurations. Here is a fun video introducing campers to what to expect at camp arrival:
And here’s a photo from our physically distanced performance of Robin Hood at 20 Allen st:
When we asked participants what VMT means to them, here’s what they had to say:
Thank you to our amazing community partners, individuals, local businesses, friends and family who support VMT’s mission. Your generous donations throughout the year make a difference and enable us to continue to bring the joy of VMT to all youth in our local community!
Don Wright and the VMT Board:
Colby Kervick, Julie Miller, Raquel Aronhime, Kacey Boone, Chris Burns, David Conner, Amy King, Karen Newman, Andrea Houlihan, and Emily Merrill