Since 2005, the Blue Light Players has donated the proceeds of its productions to aid the families of fallen and critically injured police officers. In that time, the organization has given more than $36,000 to its cause.
“Like the rest of the country, we have been deeply shaken by the violence we have witnessed because of institutional racism within the criminal justice system and within our communities. We realized that we could no longer continue to support that system,” stated Helen Hart, founder of the theater group. “As Maya Angelou said, ‘when we know better, we have to do better.’ We know that we have to do better with how our money supports our community.”
Evolve Theatrics will continue to operate as a 501(C) (3) nonprofit, with show proceeds being donated to causes in the local community, particularly those committed to anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion.
The name also reflects the organization’s plans to evolve in the way theatrical productions are produced. The group is currently in virtual rehearsals for its first online production, which is also its first non-musical production. Alice in Wonderland will be presented on October 16th and 17th, 2020, with details to follow on the company website.
“We are committed to being inclusive, open and affirming as we continue to produce theater in both virtual, and when the time is safe, live environments,” said Hart. “We know that we must change and echoing the words from our 2019 production of ‘Newsies,’ the change starts ‘right damned now!’”
To learn more, visit http://www.evolvetheatrics.com