NOTE: This electronic mail message contains information that is or may be (a) legally privileged, confidential, proprietary, or otherwise protected by law from disclosure, and (b) intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named. If you are NOT the intended recipient you are hereby notified that reading, using, copying, or distributing any part of this message is strictly prohibited. If you ARE the intended recipient or an addressee, you are hereby notified that copying, forwarding or in any other manner distributing any part of this message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this electronic mail message in error, take the steps necessary to delete the message completely from your system and contact the sender.
I'm sorry to hear that your budget was cut, especially in this day and age when we are all advocating for equal financial representation in high schools. I'm assuming your budget cut affects royalty costs, as well the technical support of your musicals?
I'm curious (if you can disclose…?). What was the budget amount from which it was cut? What was the reason given? Were there cuts to other departments'/activities' budgets too, sports for example?
I wanted to share with you, and anyone in the situation of having a low tech budget to work with, a couple of things:
First, you can read about the nationwide budget crisis for high school technical theatre, and what we can do about it, at: http://www.presett.org/howtheguildworks.html
Second, you can see a great example of a solution, where a high school tech theatre department teamed up with the school's robotics club, at: http://www.presett.org/gold-standard-schools.html. (Scroll down to the last entry on the page, "…collaboration and finances".) It doesn't necessarily have to be a robotics club, any related club will do, perhaps a woodworking club, or a computer club for instance – a STEM and/or CTE oriented club is best. After all: Tech Theatre is STEM Behind the Scenes.