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Castle Craig Players

Our Mission

Since 1992, the Castle Craig Players have entertained and enlightened our audiences while providing an environment for the greater Meriden community to explore their creativity. Our directors, singers, actors, costumers and choreographers are all volunteer members of our community – teachers, business owners, seniors, parents, university students, and youth – who have special talents and interests and yearn for a creative outlet.

A Castle Craig show is as much about our community celebrating its special treasures as it is about the shared storytelling that live theatre facilitates.

Believe it or not – ticket sales only cover 60% of our operating costs. We can only continue our mission with the support of donors and sponsors like you. As an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every penny of your support is fully tax deductible and goes directly back into the community, and will help us keep building a successful, sustainable theatre culture in Meriden.

Even if you do not see yourself as a “theater person”, your contribution tells the public that you recognize a rich cultural experience is important.

Why Partner With Us

  • Extraordinary Media & Community Presence: The marketing of our productions encompasses Radio, Website, Direct Mail, Email, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Community Signage, Posters/Postcards, and a host of Newspaper outlets – all of which can feature YOUR name, logo, address, website link & more!
  • Partnering With An Outstanding Arts Organization: We have developed a reputation throughout the state as a company that produces high quality theatre. Our work has been merited by not only the Record-Journal’s Readers Choice Awards (“Best Live Theatre”), but also the BroadwayWorld Awards and CT OnStage Critics Awards.
  • Reach A Wide & Diverse Audience: Our audiences are individuals of all ages, hailing from every part of Connecticut, and into MA & NY.
  • You Won’t Find A Better Cheerleader: We feature and highlight our Season Sponsors literally in everything we do. We “get it” and promote our sponsors in every conceivable way we can.

2016-17 Season Sponsor Package – $1,000

2016-2017-season

Season Sponsor Benefits

  • Priority full page color advertisement in all 5 show programs – seen by over 2,500 patrons over the course of a typical season! (a $400 value)
  • Two complimentary tickets to each of the 5 shows – with priority, reserved seating!
  • Logo placement on production posters & postcard for all 5 shows
  • Your name acknowledged in all Press Releases, Interviews, and all other advertising.
  • Your logo & link branded on the home page of the CCP website for the entire season.
  • Your logo & link featured prominently in season-long email campaign, with multiple emails for every production – with Open, and Click rates well above industry averages.
  • Your logo & link displayed on all of our Social Media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube – with over 2,500 fans and followers across all platforms)
  • Your logo on billboards displayed in prime Meriden locations for 3-4 weeks prior to each show.
  • Your company honored as our season sponsor in our curtain speech prior to each show.
  • Your logo featured on signage and the opportunity for promotional distribution/giveaways at any additional events throughout the year (Castle Craig Cine-vents, Community Events, Fundraisers, etc.)

Click Here to Download a Season Sponsor Form

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Play YOUR Part and SUPPORT CCP

There are several ways to support The Castle Craig Players continue to bring high quality, family entertainment to the greater Meriden community and beyond for years to come. The Castle Craig Players is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is primarily funded by ticket sales, but this is not enough to cover our production expenses such as: show rights, costumes, set/construction materials, music, advertising and programs to name a few. Besides specific production expenses, the Castle Craig Players incur traditional expenses such as: building maintenance, insurance, taxes and utilities. Most often, our expenses are greater than our revenue. This is where you come in, our wonderful and generous patrons. Below are outlined four ways you can help us cover these ever rising costs. And remember – your contribution is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Individual Donations

Corporate Sponsorship

Amazon Smile

Planned Giving

All donations make a difference! We are grateful for any and all contributions and the opportunities for support are unlimited. Individual donations of any amount are always welcome. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION NOW or Download, print and mail-in Donation For

  • GENERAL DONATION – There are seven (7) standard gift levels, as well as a general option to suit your budget. A gift of ANY amount to our general operating fund, is very welcomed and will help to keep our doors open and ticket prices affordable!
  • SPECIAL PURPOSE GIFT – Direct your gift to a specific need. Current needs include upgrades to our HVAC unit and plumbing system, as well as new theatre chairs, additional lighting equipment and more.
  • MEMORIAL DONATIONS – Remember a loved one with a gift to Castle Craig Players. Naming opportunities are available!
  • GIFTS IN HONOR OF – The perfect gift for the person who has everything. Why not make a donation to the Castle Craig Players to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or holiday? It’s a great way to honor a loved one who loves high quality theatre.
  • MATCHING GIFT – Bump up your donation with a Matching Gift. Ask your employer for a matching gift form and include it with your contribution.

The Castle Craig Players have recently launched a sponsorship program. The program applies to local or national corporations, as well as individual sponsors. Our corporate program has three (3) levels of sponsorship, each with their own benefits:

  • PLATINUM LEVEL ($200 for Single Show or $350 for Both Shows): Corporate logo placement on: production poster, postcards, website plus your website linked on the CCP website and Facebook page, acknowledgement in Curtain Speech prior to each performance, as well as a full page ad in the show Playbill and 2 complimentary show tickets redeemable to either show
  • GOLD LEVEL($100 for Single Show or $175 for Both Shows): Offers you a 1/2 page ad in the Playbill, corporate logo on the production poster and 1 complimentary show ticket redeemable to either show
  • SILVER LEVEL ($50 to $99): Offers you a special Thank You and sponsor listing in the Playbill

Click Here to Download the Castle Craig Players Sponsorship Form

All donations make a difference. Help us to preserve the historic treasure that is the Castle Craig Players! Make a gift today! To make a tax deductible donation, please Contact Us.

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization, the Castle Craig Players, every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Castle Craig Players automatically. The only action you need to take is when you sign into your Amazon or Amazon Prime account, select the Castle Craig Players as your charitable organization, then shop as you normally do. This is a one time action on your part! Click on the Amazon Smile logo below to start shopping!

Your Legacy, Our Future!

By including the Castle Craig Players in your estate plans, you will be assuring your own legacy by securing the theatre’s history for future generations. Planned giving allows you the satisfaction of contributing to the important, on-going, and future work of the organization, while providing significant tax and financial benefits to you and your heirs. You can enjoy the benefits of recognition now and know that your legacy will provide artistic excellence for generations to come.

Arranging a planned gift with the Castle Craig Players may also provide tax advantages for your estate while allowing you to share your passion for live theatre!

  • Bequests – A donation as defined in a will that allows you to defer your gift until after your lifetime. This is the most common way to make a planned gift. With the help of your attorney, you will be able to hold on to the full use of your estate, while still making a charitable contribution to the Castle Craig Players.
  • Life Insurance – Making a donation with little cost to you by using your insurance to make a charitable gift. A planned gift of life insurance is another way that you can make a donation to the Castle Craig Players. This type of gift permits you to a beneficial tax deduction. Along with the help of your attorney, you can decide how much you would like to donate, and determine if you will use an old policy or simply create a new one.
  • Gifts of Real Estate – You can choose to make a gift of real estate as opposed to a cash donation. This type of contribution allows for even greater tax benefits than cash gifts, which allow you to deduct the full fair market value of the real estate, while also reducing estate taxes on assets passed down to your family.
  • Gifts of Appreciated Securities – You can choose to make special donations of stocks or bonds. Contributing your appreciated securities to the Castle Craig Players will give you an immediate charitable deduction for the full present fair market value with no capital gains tax on the appreciation.