Support the Theatre

Big Productions, Big Price Tags, Big Challenges

It's a statement that is true for any theatre. Recently, Theatre Harrisburg has been presenting large-scale Mainstage productions such as The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver!, Steel Magnolias, Annie, Inherit the Wind, The Secret Garden, Mister Roberts, Dreamgirls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Damn Yankees, to name only a few. These are wonderful shows. Exciting shows. Popular shows. And expensive shows.

Did you know the cost alone to secure just the performance rights for a major musical can often exceed $12,000? Then add to that the lavish costumes, spectacular scenery and an orchestra numbering perhaps a dozen as well as the indirect expenses such as advertising, program printing, insurance and staff. It's easy to see how the price tag quickly escalates, and many of these bills are due before the first ticket is even sold!

So where does this money come from? Unfortunately, even with full houses the revenue Theatre Harrisburg generates through ticket sales covers less than half of its annual operating costs, a situation shared with virtually every not-for-profit performing arts organization in the country. Increasing ticket prices proportionally would make attending our performances substantially more expensive and simply beyond the reach of most of our current patrons.

That's why we need Angels. In theatre jargon, an Angel is a financial backer whose support ensures that the show will go on.  Here at Theatre Harrisburg, it means that and much more.  Our Angels understand that their annual contribution ensures the health and vitality of one of Central Pennsylvania’s most valuable cultural resources. 

Make a difference for Theatre Harrisburg by making a tax-deductible gift…and your wings are guaranteed!

Celestial Angel


Heavenly Angel

$5,000 - $9,999

Arch Angel

$1,000 - $4,999

Patron Angel

$500 - $999

Guardian Angel

$250 - $499

Gold Angel

$100 - $249

Silver Angel

$50 - $99

All Angel gifts of $50 or more will be recognized in the Theatre Harrisburg program.

Click here to download an Angel Donation Form, or use the link below to donate via PayPal