SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Pioneer Theatre Guild (PTG), a volunteer association supporting Pioneer Theatre Company (PTC), is continuing to help PTC find unique ways to keep its professional theatre staff on the payroll during the pandemic. Re-purposed or retired set pieces, scene drops, and other building materials have been crafted into unique, meaningful home products and gifts that are now being sold by the Guild. This “cottage industry” effort is called SECOND ACT, and the Guild will donate proceeds to the theatre. The group of theatre volunteers also hold a yearly “garage” sale, although this year’s version will be virtual.
Glen Clayburn, president of Pioneer Theatre Guild, said “We look forward to raising money for PTC to support the artistic excellence they bring to the community, and we are delighted to think ‘outside the box’ with them by offering these products as part of our fundraising activities.”
In addition to custom built wine racks and shopping bags, SECOND ACT is offering a few versions of hand-crafted games, and will soon add furniture pieces.
“What theatre fan wouldn’t enjoy a well-made, fashionable wine rack made from barrels used on the set of Les Mis, or a gorgeous shopping bag from the hand-painted drop scene created for Guys and Dolls,” mused PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg. “Especially if they knew the proceeds would go towards helping theatre artists stay employed while the industry takes this extended intermission?”
“Our industry has been disrupted in ways no one ever predicted,” added PTC Managing Director Christopher Massimine. “We have a responsibility to pivot and ensure not only that there is a path forward for professional theatre in Salt Lake County, but that while we walk the path, we are bringing along our team. We’ll be here when this crisis is over with the people who make our work possible. It’s our commitment to them and our challenge to the entire theatrical community to start following in suit.”
ABOUT PIONEER THEATRE GUILD (PTG): PTG’s purpose is to foster and promote community interest in, and financial support for, the Pioneer Theatre Company. Members meet visiting actors at luncheons and post-show gatherings, participate on the volunteer usher team and organize fundraising activities for PTC.
ABOUT PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY (PTC): Now celebrating its 59th season, the award-winning PTC is Utah’s Premiere Professional Theatre and a leading arts organization of the West. Led by Artistic Director Karen Azenberg and Managing Director Christopher Massimine, PTC promotes community-building and education though presenting world-class productions; developing new socially resonant and universal work; hosting talks, lectures, and workshops that engage a versatile and inclusive demographic, while celebrating diversity in culture and society; and serving as the connecting bridge between art and scholarship as an affiliate of the University of Utah.