In The Sorcerer, a singular "dealer in magic and spells" comes along and uses his powers to affect a sudden transformation. However, in the Simsbury Light Opera Company, there are many hands that come together over a series of months to make the magic happen. The singers, the directors, the set crew, the orchestra, and so many others all play vital parts in bringing the on-stage magic to life - it truly takes a "village"! Like off-stage "spirits" whose voices are heard in The Sorcerer, we have whole "hosts" of supporters whose unseen -- and too often unsung -- support is vital to making our productions happen. All of you, our patrons and valued donors, make the magic possible with your continued generosity.
Indeed, SLOCO has begun to undergo an exciting transformation: this is a crucial period of revitalization for us as a company, as we continue to draw in new talent, expand our visibility in the community, and undertake necessary capital improvements to our rehearsal facility, "Basingstoke." Thanks to the outpouring of support during last year's annual fund drive, we were able to install a new heating system in Basingstoke, and the building is seeing a new flurry of activity, contributing to the sense of camaraderie that has always been such a vital part of SLOCO. Over the next few months, in addition to being the site of all our rehearsals, Basingstoke will begin to witness the construction of brand new sets and costumes for The Sorcerer. Within the coming year, we hope to repave the driveway and parking lot, making Basingstoke more accessible in the winter months when the space is used the most, as well as purchasing a new sign that will make the building more identifiable from the street. For these purposes, as well as to help cover the costs of mounting this year's production, we have set a goal of raising $13,000 in this year's fund drive. No donation is too small or too large, and as always, your contributions to SLOCO are tax-deductible.
There is no simple magic potion that will make SLOCO's continued success a reality -- it takes a lot of hard work from the company members, and the faithful love and support of our audiences, friends, and donors. Thank you for all that you have made possible for SLOCO over the years, and thank you for your ongoing support as we move forward into our magical 2016 season with Gilbert and Sullivan's The Sorcerer.