BAT spent a few Saturdays cleaning out its wood storage room. It has been quite a bit of work and there is still one more Saturday to go (that will be sometime after “End Days opens). And BAT has not really touched its props room. (If BAT had someone to run a garage sale, that would be fun. Without that, a charity and/or the landfill will be getting some very interesting stuff.)
But more than just physically cleaning, BAT is looking hard at itself. How to keep the progress going? How to keep providing better live theater. How to engage its audience more? How to keep its volunteers happy and giving? How to keep its donors engaged and happy?
Part of this introspection comes from the fire. Fire is cleansing, and the rebuild (thank you BAT landlord, the Burien City Council) is a natural new beginning. It is hoped that BAT will be able to head back home by the end of April.
Part of this introspection comes from the added workload from the fire. It is clear BAT needs some volunteers who are willing to take the lead on sections of the theater’s day-to-day operations, like ticket sales, donor and season ticket outreach, accounting, online media (even if just one of the platforms), snail mail outreach, grant writing, newsletters, ad sales, office work, data entry, concessions buying, arranging for art exhibits for concessions, new works development, and on and on. These positions will not make you rich, in fact right now they don’t pay at all, but they will fill that desire to be needed and loved.
“End Days” marks the end of a wild season for BAT. I do not recommend having a fire at your theater mid-season. Due to the unknown build schedule, at the time decisions had to be made, it is very unlikely BAT will not do a summer show this year. That will give BAT time to get moved back into its space and feel at home before the opening of its exciting 35th season, the 60th season of continuous live theater in Burien! This is a great time to begin your volunteering with BAT. (To help, contact BAT at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
If volunteers step forward there will be summertime fundraiser. It will be the unofficial start to BAT’s 35th season. If not, the new season will kick off in September.
Hope to see you at a show!