Press Room

Pioneer Theatre Company “Elves” Partner With Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

Thursday, November 11, 2021
Media Contact:
Jennifer Fitzgibbon
Publicity Manager
801-581-7222
jennifer.fitzgibbon@ptc.utah.edu

Popular holiday production Elf The Musical returns to PTC and theatre attendees are invited to bring unwrapped gifts for The Angel Tree program.

SALT LAKE CITY – Pioneer Theatre Company and The Salvation Army will partner on The Angel Tree program to provide toys and new, warm clothing for children all around Salt Lake County for the holiday season. The gift-giving project will coincide with Elf The Musical, a version of the 2003 New Line Cinema film of the same name. Alan Muraoka of “Sesame Street” directs the production, which includes a 31-member cast and a 17-piece orchestra.

Because of the large number of attendees expected during the musical, PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg said, “This is a great opportunity to highlight the work nonprofits do in serving the Salt Lake community, and to help them achieve their goal of reaching even more children during the holidays.

“Every December since 2011, we have held a drive during our holiday production,” said PTC Director of Marketing Kirsten Park. “Our patrons have generously donated money, food, clothing, toys and books for Utah Food Bank, Granite Education Foundation, the Humane Society of Utah, and Candy Cane Corner. We are thrilled this year to extend that support to The Angel Tree program.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provides Christmas assistance to families living below the federal poverty guidelines. Their “Angels” are children 12 years and younger; the program’s goal is to make sure that each child receives a new warm coat, shirt, pants, shoes, and a toy for Christmas.

Patrons are invited to bring new winter coats, shirts, pants, shoes, or toys, unwrapped, to the performance they attend and put them in the collection bins provided. Patrons can also donate money via an updated “red kettle” in the lobby featuring a QR code for donations from mobile devices.

Angel Tree is donor-driven and relies on donors to help fill the Angel tags, either by purchasing the gifts or donating money so they can purchase gifts for the Angel tags. Last holiday season The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provided Christmas assistance to 3,480 children, helping 1,305 families.

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WHO:
Pioneer Theatre Company & The Salvation Army
WHAT:
Donation drive for The Angel Tree program
WHEN:
Dec. 3 – Dec. 18, 2021, coinciding with the theatre’s run of Elf The Musical
TIMES:
Patrons are asked to bring donations during showtimes Monday – Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2:00 p.m
WHERE:
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City
MORE INFO:
Jennifer Fitzgibbon, 801-581-7222 or jennifer.fitzgibbon@ptc.utah.edu
On the production:
PIONEER THEATRE COMPANY (PTC): Now celebrating its 60th 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 Interim Managing Director Diane L. Parisi, PTC promotes community-building and education through 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.
THE SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army in Utah provides services to more than 100,000 people in need annually. The range of social services include: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, assistance with energy bills and character development for underprivileged children.