Did you know that AWIP gives away over $3,000 in scholarships and discounts each year? Did you know that it’s our aim to keep prices low so that homeschooling families don’t have to cut the arts out of their curriculum? Did you know that we have an outreach group that brings FREE performance art to our surrounding communities (schools, churches, community centers, nursing homes, and more)? And finally – did you know that we’ve been fixing up the Tolman Stage on our own, providing a clean, safe stage for the Tolman students and our own?
Not sure what we need or how to help? Here’s what’s on our Wish List:
- New monitors for our sound system: $250 each
- Better ‘packs’ for our microphones: $200 each
- Our own speakers: $1,000
- The cost of hiring a sound technician to help us engineer our sound system: $5,000
- The cost of costumes for one show: $1,000
- The cost of rights for a show: $2,000
- The cost of make up for a show: $100
- The cost of tech for a show: $1,000
- The cost of scenic design for a show: $1,000
- The cost of pizza for a cast party: $100
- A new PA system for Salt+Light (our touring company): $400
- The cost of programs for one show: $500
Your giving enables us to enrich the lives of hundreds of students, and bring the gift of the arts to dozens of communities along the South Shore and Rhode Island. Scroll down for more information on what we’ve been up to at the Tolman Stage.
Making Progress at the Tolman Stage
A Work in Progress started using Tolman Theatre in 2013 and now partners with the Pawtucket School Department to restore this historic theatre. Tolman Theatre was built in 1925 to show silent movies, embodying every aspect of a grand and “Gilded Age” entertainment venue. The gorgeous organ below the stage, ornate molding, beautiful murals, brass railings, cushioned seating for 1,000, and state-of-the-art fly system are among a few of its assets. However, after decades of neglect and vandalism, the theatre is in need of many repairs–repairs to costly for the school system to keep up with.
Each year, as part of our growing relationship with the Pawtucket School Department, and to show our gratitude for being allowed to perform in this grand arena, A Work in Progress Productions has focused on improving some basic cosmetic things with paint and carpentry volunteers. To date, we have painted the green room & backstage halls as well as the house bathrooms, repaired and replaced the stage, sewn new curtains, and we are working on the lighting.
In the future, we would love to have the funds to upgrade the house/foyer lighting, install new stage curtains, replace the torn seating, remodel the bathrooms, and restore the beautiful carved walls to their original grandeur.
Check out The Tolman Documentary, produced by AWIP alumni Joel Desmarais and Mason Pimental, to promote awareness about this amazing stage!