2021 Annual Appeal, we need you more than ever!

At The Colonial Performing Arts Center, we deliver cultural experiences that connect us to one another, contribute to the region’s economy and inspire our community to action. In a normal year, The Colonial’s impact would look something like this:

  • Nearly 7,000 kids from 120 schools would participate in a curriculum-based performance or outreach activity – nearly 1,000 attending for free.
  • Our Community Scholarship programs would provide free access to a live performance for nearly 250 low-to-moderate income seniors and families.
  • More than 50,000 patrons would experience a variety of engaging and inspiring live events and film.
  • Our programming would generate roughly $4.5 million in direct and indirect spending in our local creative economy.

However, on March 14, 2020, the entire performing arts touring industry came to a screeching halt. Almost overnight, thousands of performers, venues, staff, tech crews and support service industries found themselves unemployed. Since then, The Colonial has pursued every option available to address this immense challenge while also pursuing our strategic vision to transform our beloved 96-year-old theatre into a revitalized, 21st century performing arts center.

Despite the pandemic, and with the support of friends like you, we’ve succeeded in meeting two of our major goals: acquiring and completing renovation of a second venue, Showroom, and completing plans for renovation of the historic Main Stage. Throughout the last ten months, our primary focus has remained unchanged – take the necessary actions to see us through this crisis, and re-emerge even stronger on the other side. But, like many nonprofit organizations, we need your help. To that end, we hope you will consider a year-end gift that will help us continue to stay in it for the long haul.


We look forward to a time when we are allowed and fully prepared to welcome you through our doors at full capacity. When that day comes, it will be our pleasure to once again provide you with exceptional performances and share in the uniquely life-affirming experience of live performing arts.

On behalf of The Colonial’s committed board, staff, and volunteers, thank you for your continued support of our community’s not-for-profit performing arts center.

Thank you and best wishes!

For more information about the unrestricted Annual Appeal for programmatic support, please contact Eric V. Weisenberger, Director of Development, at eric.weisenberger@thecolonial.org.