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QCT Launches Annual Light the Way Campaign

Quincy Community Theatre launched its annual fundraising campaign, Light the Way. The campaign theme, “Back Where You Belong”, was inspired by the recent return of live theatre, education classes, and more following months of shutdown due to the pandemic. For many, QCT is a second home and a space that has provided a lifetime of memories and experiences. Campaign co-chairs, Bill and Brenda Stalder, have been involved with QCT in numerous capacities for a couple of decades.

“This campaign celebrates the joy of many things but especially the joy of volunteering together again, of connecting with each other personally, and building on the success of QCT,” they shared. ” As a family we have been especially blessed by Quincy Community Theatre, dating back to when it was the Quincy Community Little Theatre. The theatre family has truly embraced our family and for that we are beyond grateful.”

In the five years since it began, the community has donated more than $100,000 to the Light the Way Campaign which funds crucial repairs, increasing production costs, and wish list items that include enhancements to QCT’s stage, sound system, lighting, and more. The community’s support has been especially needed the past 18 months as the theatre has navigated the dramatic financial impact of the COVID pandemic coupled with an aging facility in need of many technological updates.

“Our supporters never cease to amaze us with their generosity,” said Julie Schuetz, QCT board president. “This year’s campaign kick-off event is also intended to give us an opportunity to once again thank our supporters for the many ways they have helped us navigate one of our most difficult points-in-time. We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that places high value on the arts and who are willing to support it through financial means.”

Founded in 1923, QCT’s mission is to offer and perpetuate quality theatre entertainment and education in the performing arts through community participation. The theatre strives to make itself accessible to everyone who wants to partake, regardless of background or prior theatrical experience.

Community members may arrange their support now through March online, by calling 217-222-3209, or by visiting the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, open weekdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.

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