7

New Academy Members - 10 Needed

49

Matilda the Musical - 45 Needed

25

Musical Madness: The Lion King Kids - 45 Needed

Updated on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm

Dear students and families,

Our hearts are heavy for you, and those affected by COVID-19.

In the book of Romans, Paul writes that there is no comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. Using the image of a pregnant mother as an illustration, he describes the “waiting” as a joyful expectancy of glorious times ahead. We believe that God works for the good of those who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8) Even in times of weakness and lament, we know that God has a beautiful future for each of us. It’s on these words that we are finding hope in this season of pandemic and economic injury.

We are fighting with every ounce of strength to keep our doors open- not only for the remainder of the 2020 season, but for future generations of students. Like the rest of the world, we are experiencing a state-mandated closure of our business. This has had a devastating impact on our sustainability.

The impact of COVID-19 on Shine:
– Over 90% of our revenue has come to a screeching halt. Everything is down, including Academy memberships, audition registrations and ticket sales.
– The owners have forgone all earnings and furloughed the entire staff. A handful of people will continue to work on a volunteer basis so that we can continue to host Academy classes online. (Please thank your teachers, because they are volunteering.)
– We are trying, but do not expect to receive any form of relief from the SBA or local arts commissions. All lenders are overwhelmed with applications.
– Two shows (Rapunzel, The Music Man) have been postponed to May, and will likely be pushed further into the calendar year. If The Music Man is moved from the Courtyard to our studio theatre, the crowd capacity will be reduced and cause further damage to ticket sales.
– We fear that many of our families will lose work, making it even more difficult to recover upon reopening.

How you can help:
Please prioritize participating at Shine this summer.
If this crisis is followed by a slow summer at Shine, we will not be able to stay open through 2020. It is with this urgency that we are asking everyone in our community to commit to participating in at least one of the following ways:

1. Please join the Academy now if you are not already a member. We are temporarily offering a three month membership option to make it more affordable to join.
2. Register now to participate in Musical Madness summer camp (The Lion King Kids, Ages 6-12)
3. Register to audition for Matilda the Musical (Ages 8-18)

If we do not meet the above registration goals by May 15, we may not be able to stay open through August 2020.

We will be sending weekly email updates to let you know about our progress.

We are optimistic that with God’s help, we will be able to offer family-friendly, faith-based theatre arts education for years to come. It is our mission to share the love of God through the performing arts and our passion to foster our community of students and families. Thank you for your continued support.

Claire and Matt McNeill