Delaware Community Theater Day Proclamation

Delaware Community Theater Day Proclamation

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Hailey Denevere started this petition to Governor Carney

Delaware is a state rich in community theater. It is one of our underappreciated hidden gems. Delaware has theaters tucked away on main streets, near colleges, at the heart of big cities, and in small communities. In honor of two incredible Delaware community theater staples birthdays (Brian Smith and Susie Moak), we would like you to proclaim February 4th as "Delaware Community Theater Day" annually starting February 4th, 2022.

Our community theaters are vibrant communities representing the ideals of inclusion in Delaware. Everyone has a place at the table during a production. Individuals from all walks of life forge friendships working together to put on a show. Diverse voices are celebrated in front of the curtain and behind it. Community theater enables individuals to grow past their comfort zone and learn various skills (from construction, event planning, marketing/promotion, public speaking, etc.).

Lacking the promotional budget of national blockbusters and professional productions, community theater often relies on flyers and word of mouth to draw people into this experience. Most people do not realize how many theaters we have or what productions are currently gracing the stage. If you proclaimed a "Delaware Community Theater Day," it would draw attention to this worthy endeavor and spread awareness in the state about this incredible resource. Increased engagement will benefit individuals and communities alike. Community theater could use a boost now more than ever in the wake of COVID-19 cancellations and a virtual season.

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