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About Lakeshore Players

2013-14: Our 61st Season of Community Theatre
Lakeshore Players mission is “to provide community enrichment opportunities through the performing arts.” Lakeshore serves as the premier performing arts center for the White Bear Lake area and is committed to providing opportunities for our community to participate in and experience live theatre.

In 2013-14, we will present seven productions (see shows). But that’s not all! Lakeshore's programming includes

  • After-school theatre arts classes for students in grades 1-12, plus summer programs for youth,
  • Annual worldwide 10-Minute Playwriting Contest and Festival,
  • Weekday $5 bargain matinee performances of our children’s show, The Jungle Book, plus
  • Costume and prop rentals.

On the first Sunday of most productions, we offer a pay-what-you-can performance. Everyone is invited to stay after the show that day for a post-show artistic discussion with the director and creative team.

Auditions are open to all, and opportunities for volunteering abound—from set construction to costume assistant to backstage crew.

2012-13 Overview

Goals & Accomplishments
In our most recently-completed fiscal year of 2012-13, Lakeshore Players Theatre (LPT) produced seven shows plus offered theatre arts education after-school classes and extended learning opportunities through three different summer youth programs.

In addition, we commissioned new works for our annual 10-Minute Play Festival, corporate training, and for other events. We produced and performed original works at off-site venues including an annual murder-mystery fundraising event at the White Bear Lake Armory, an original trial reenactment production at St. Paul’s Landmark Center, and diversity training skits for the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Our theatre serves as the premier performing arts center for the East Metro suburban communities. We are committed to providing opportunities for our community to participate in and experience live theater and are proud to be one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in Minnesota.

Community / Population Served
In 2012-13, LPT shows drew 15,494 attendees at 107 performances at our theatre and at off-site venues. A diverse group of 222 volunteer actors and musicians performed, mentored by 59 artists contracted to produce the shows. Other volunteers numbered 167, and included ushers, carpenters, costume assistants, and others working behind-the-scenes and in the house—together, they brought theatre to life in our community. Additionally, 159 students in grades two through twelve participated in LPT theater arts classes.

LPT’s artists, participants, volunteers, dedicated staff, board of directors, and attendees all form a creative community of theater arts enthusiasts. About half are drawn from a 10-mile radius, with the other half coming from across the greater Twin Cities area. The socio-economic range covers those with limited-incomes, reflected in those attending “pay-what-you-can” performances, to more affluent attendees who support LPT through financial contributions.

LPT receives strong community support through earned income, financial contributions, and in-kind donations. About 70% of earned income is through ticket sales and arts education tuition. The remaining 30% is contributed and in-kind support. For example, Shoreview Community Foundation both gave direct financial support in support of our summer youth arts education programs, which enabled us to offer reduced tuition for ten students who otherwise would not have been able to participate. The Masonic Lodge, White Bear Lake Area Schools, and City Hall allow LPT free space in their facilities for off-site rehearsal and classes. Accounting services are provided in-kind from R.W. Ramsay.

Volunteers gave a total of 25,973 hours of their time and skills—from sewing, scenic and tech work, to performing on stage. Attendees show their support through financial gifts, donations of costumes, props and set pieces, and through repeated ticket purchases—many have been attending with friends for decades.

Our database, updated daily, contains 9,165 households of ticket buyers with an average of two per household— a total of 18,330 individuals including attendees, actors, behind-the-scenes volunteers, students, and others interested in LPT programs. Our volunteers, artists, participants, staff, board of directors, and attendees all form a creative community of theater arts enthusiasts.

Founded in 1953 in White Bear Lake (northeastern Ramsey County), Lakeshore has continuously-operated as a community theater. Lakeshore operates year-round in an historic building, which the organization owns, located in downtown White Bear Lake.

Lakeshore Players Today
Lakeshore Players’ administrative and artistic staff includes three full-time, and nine part-time suport stafff, with contracted artists brought in for production teams and youth education instructors.

Each production showcases the talents of different guest artistic directors, music directors, choreographers, costumers, and stage managers, offering a variety of artistic approaches to engage our audiences and providing more opportunities for theatre professionals to work in their field.

Lakeshore’s 14-member volunteer board of directors is a working board, meeting monthly to govern and guide every production.

Lakeshore Players is a true community theater—each season, an average of 650 community volunteer actors, musicians, technicians, ushers, and others contribute to the organization’s success.

Each year Lakeshore is visited more than 14,000 times. The organization is a vibrant part of our community, not only offering arts opportunities through our own programs, but also by providing a venue for other groups to present, such as Evans Music School in White Bear Lake, which hosts its annual concert at Lakeshore each spring. In addition, Lakeshore serves as a resource for the community and for other theaters, making available our stock of costumes and props, and sharing our pool of talented actors, designers, and technicians.

Lakeshore Players partners with other organizations to bring our programs to other venues. Recent partners include COLLAGE, St. Paul's Landmark Center, Century College, and White Bear Lake Area Schools.

Lakeshore Players provides opportunities for community members to participate in the theatrical arts—from wide-eyed beginners, to experienced theatrical professionals. Professional guest artist directors, music directors, and choreographers share their skills and techniques gained through training and experience with volunteer actors drawn from the community. Each season, we see people who participated in youth programs return as adults to volunteer as actors and ushers, and to help with sets, props and costuming. Some have gone on to work as actors, directors, and stage managers at professional theaters. Many Lakeshore acting class students confidently go on to audition for a chance to perform in Lakeshore’s main stage productions.

Strategic Plan
Lakeshore Players' vision is to serve as the premier performing arts center for our community. Lakeshore's three-year strategic plans include short and long-term goals through June 30, 2015. View strategic plan.

Board of Directors
Members of LPT's Board of Directors are dedicated volunteers drawn from our Northeast Suburban community. Download current list

Financial Information & Donor Policies
Donor Discontinue Contact & Privacy Policy

Lakeshore Players, Inc. 2009 IRS 990
Lakeshore Players, Inc. 2010 IRS 990
Lakeshore Players, Inc. 2011 IRS 990
Lakeshore Players, Inc. 2012 IRS 990

2012-13 Cultural Data Project Annual Report

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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