Triple your impact now to help the Grove Theatre’s fundraising efforts

By Lindsay Advocate

Grove Theatre GM Nicole Mitchell.

The Grove Theatre’s fundraising campaign is in full swing and has received a major boost from the generous support of Friends of The Grove, who have pledged a 2x donation match.

The Grove Theatre announced at the beginning of the campaign that any donation made by the end of the year would be matched up to $10,000 by Friends of The Grove. Now, until December 19, any donation made will be matched again by Friends of The Grove up to $5,000.

That means your donation will be matched not once but twice, for three times the impact.

“It was a tremendously successful first full season for the theatre, with resounding applause telling us how much people appreciate what The Grove is doing,” says General Manager Nicole Mitchell.

But, unfortunately, applause is not enough. Even most theatregoers don’t realize what it costs to mount a full season. Besides actors’ salaries (which must cover rehearsal time and performances), there are expenses for designers, technicians, backstage crew and administrative staff, plus a multitude of material costs, from set construction to equipment rental to program printing.

It all adds up to far more than can be met by ticket sales alone, which, for not-for-profit theatres, typically cover less than 50% of the cost of a show.

“The incredible support of the community in 2021 allowed The Grove Theatre to fulfil its plans for a bigger and grander season in 2022: including the run of our inaugural mainstage show The 39 Steps, and a series of one-night performances from Mary Walsh, Gordie Johnson, Neil Osborne, Julian Taylor, Madison Kozak, and so many more,” says Mitchell. “It will be that continued support that takes us successfully into 2023. All donations big and small will make a huge impact. This week a $100 donation turns into $300, $1,000 turns into $3,000. Every donation will go towards our 2023 season making an impact on the community of Kawartha Lakes.”

Friends of The Grove were inspired to pledge the campaign not only to support bringing world-class artistic talent to their local stage but because they recognize the impact of The Grove Theatre as a unique community asset.

The Grove has established itself as a driving force in the local economy, attracting audiences from throughout the region and beyond, and helping downtown businesses to thrive. Even more than that, it gives a boost to a collective sense of identity and pride in belonging to this beautiful corner of the world called the Kawartha Lakes.

“To have your donation matched twice for three times the impact, donate by Monday, December 19, visit

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