Shine It On!

THE WATSONSWATCH THE 3rd & FINAL Durham Family Theatre 5th Season Kickoff video on YouTube: SHINE IT ON! DONATE NOW!

You can view the first 2 installments at:

Alice juryFriends of Durham Family Theatre have raised the grand amount of nearly $2,000 for our 5th Season Kick-Off Fundraiser. That leaves us with $3,000 still to raise and only 7-days to go before our Oct. 18 deadline. Can we do it? Of course we can. Why do we need to do it this year more than in the past?

Durham Family Theatre has been growing steadily each year since we began offering high quality shows and educational programs to our multi-racial, intergenerational community in August 2010.

Wren 1In our first year our budget was $12,000. In 2011-2012 we more than doubled that budget to $26,000 and became able to offer a small monthly salary ($1,000) to our artistic director for nine months. In 2013-2014 we again advanced our income and our expenses with a grant from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation that allowed us to purchase necessary office equipment, reach into new Durham communities for people to serve and initiate the Devonte Squire Apprenticeship with the Department of Theatre & Dance at NCCU.

DanWil 2On Nov. 14, 15, 21 & 22 we will produce our 5th season opening show, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963,” from the Newbery & Coretta Scott King Honor Book novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. (TICKETS) “The Watsons” is co-produced with the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at NCCU and the historic Hayti Heritage Center.

Space Pirates-1076Following that we hope to produce our 5th annual family musical – one of our most successful annual events – with “The Bridge to Terabithia.” However, this past year the NC legislature canceled a city schools enrichment grant that provided DFT with $5,000 of our annual budget. For a small not-for-profit arts organization, this is a huge loss. DONATE NOW!

Baby BirdsWe intend to make up the hole in our income with additional educational programming and are ready to launch 3-week school Intercession Camps as soon as we can locate a space in which to hold them. We also intend to build on our success with the Biddle grant with additional grant applications and fundraising events.  DONATE NOW!

MST My HatIn the interim we are strapped for funds and need for the public we serve to pick up the slack as you are willing and able. WE CAN MAKE IT TO HAPPEN TOGETHER.


The DFT board and staff believe strongly in our mission and are committed to fulfilling it for many years to come. Thank you for your support.

Jenny Justice, DFT Artistic Director

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