Dear Friends,

For over 17 years, Very Merry Theatre has been serving diverse youth in our community by offering the joy of performing arts to any child, ages 4-18 years, who wishes to participate in our one-of-a-kind plays. Now more than ever, we need your financial support. Daily, we bear witness to how hard families in our community are struggling and we continue to find ways to wrap around children and support financially strapped schools so that all children can access our theatre arts programming. The money we raise through this annual appeal is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide necessary scholarships to all who need it.

Our teaching artists continue to be inspired by the children we work with each year, which numbers over a thousand!  We remain committed to creating a culture where children of all ages feel supported to take healthy risks and are celebrated for their unique selves. We treat participating youth with respect for their experience, ideas, intelligence and great imaginations. We celebrate their love of drama and who they are as a person, including all the ways that they identify themselves culturally and personally. It’s through these beliefs that we enact our mission to build strong and inspired youth and communities through theatre arts. Here’s what some of our recent VMT participants have to say: 

· “Very Merry is the best place to be because you can have fun in the play and have fun with VMT staff.” Saeida, age 8

·  "Very Merry is a place where kids can grow and feel supported, safe and confident… I’m not sure what kind of person I’d be if VMT wasn’t such a huge part of my upbringing.” Gabby, age 18  

· “I love doing shows because I love being on stage. It’s fun on stage .. singing, dancing, learning new things.” Batula, age 8

· “I will never be able to express how thankful I am and how much love I have for Very Merry Theatre…I feel like VMT raised me… I have made the best friends and the most beautiful memories.” Nataleigh, age 18

Very Merry Theatre values the contribution of so many volunteers, and funding supporters. In fact, it is through that collaborative commitment last year, we were able to grant over $20,000 in scholarships and subsidized programming to youth in our community. We aspire to exceed that amount in the coming year and need your support to do so. Please join us in this effort to ensure that all children in our community can access Very Merry Theatre. Your donations will continue to help us serve a diverse, and ever expanding community. Online contributions can be made using the “Donate” button below. You may also mail contributions to: VMT, 77 Pomeroy St., Burlington, VT 05401. 

Thank you for partnering with us,

Don Wright and the VMT Board