Welcome to the brand new Little Mountain Lion, or – to use the official title – Little Mountain Lion Productions Association. Always looking to make our productions bigger and better, Artistic Director Matt Clarke and Production Directors Johnny Hamilton and Mark Ferns – have taken recent steps toward more deeply embracing LMLPA’s Non-Profit Association status.
When looking at how to grow what LML are able to achieve on stage, after lots of thought, advice, and consultation, it was realized that having the ability to raise funds, expand future production capabilities and grow our mission would be more effectively achieved with the resources of a strong Board of Directors.
Matt, Johnny, and Mark have reached out to friends and supporters that have a background with LML, working knowledge of theatre in general – and specifically in Vancouver – to help out by sitting on an exciting new board. 2019 has been spent in setting this up: holding informational meetings, brainstorming and ideating exciting concepts of what we can achieve, and how we are going to do it.
At present, we are working on a multi-year plan for upcoming productions, as well as fundraising, sponsorship, and overall communication ideas to grow these productions into truly memorable theatre experiences. For those of you that have supported LML in the past, you have seen what has been achieved on the proverbial ‘shoestring budget’. We are ‘stoked’ to see what can be presented with more support behind us.
Our initial plans include a brand new youth-oriented theatre piece, the translation of a past theatre production into a web series and a brand new staged re-imagining of a famous movie franchise. We are also looking at a series of fun trivia challenges across the city to help us raise funds and make new friends.
Most importantly, we are looking at teens and young adults as audience members, show casts, and ‘behind the scenes’ talent because all of us know what a positive effect theatre can have on young people.
Participating in drama helps young adults in both life and learning. It increases understanding of the world they live in and develops personal skills that will help them achieve success throughout their lives.
The act of performing helps youth recognize their potential for success and improve their confidence. After all, research shows that children who sing/dance/act/play are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement compared with their non-performing friends — and they tend to show enhanced cognitive, motor, and social development.
These plans require more backing than a small volunteer Board of Directors and semi-professional direction can do alone. If you are excited by the prospects of exhilarating theatre by, at, and for teens and young adults – then please consider offering your help.
The ‘3 T’s’ of any non-profit mission support are time, treasure and talent. If you want to help us with any of these, drop us a line and let us know. Our website has all of our contact and connection details, along with details of our past history and upcoming plans. Remember that by offering financial donations or gifts-in-kind to a designated non-profit organization is tax-deductible.
We have lots of work to do, and the clock has started its count-down to ‘curtain up’ – the time pressure that everyone involved in theatre is accustomed to. We look forward to you helping us get there and joining us in the next, thrilling chapter of Vancouver Theatre.
– Steve James, Board Chair