We are just a few weeks into WAG’s existence, yet we’ve managed to accomplish more than we ever could have imagined. A small army of people are working hard to make WAG a huge success.
Response from the community has been wonderful. As one parent put it, “This is great for Wylie. We need more arts in the community and it will be nice to not have to drive my kids over to Plano or Garland.”
Next week we will have a small listing in the local Wylie News paper Area Briefs section. And further down the line they are going to do a longer story. This is in response to a board member’s first attempt at a news release that was submitted earlier this week.
We are submitting an application to the Junior League of Plano for funds. They have a Community Relations Fund that they use to distribute funds to volunteer, educational based organizations. This is a free service they provide to organizations in Collin County. We hope to hear good news from them within the next couple of months.
And the best news of all? We have a home! We now have a newly solidified working relationship with New Hope Church here in Wylie on Brown Street just west of Birmingham Elementary. We cannot say enough good things about New Hope. None of our board members attend there, or even really know anyone on staff, yet they recognized what we’re trying to do for children in Wylie and they jumped on board. Alan Bennett, who is the children’s ministry leader, met with some of our board members and gave us a little tour of what they have available for us.
WOWSERS! They are allowing us the use of a room towards the back for rehearsals and auditions. And use of the Auditorium that seats 400 for our performances. We will also have access to their kitchen so that we can provide concessions for our audiences. This includes the use of a popcorn machine! I think I can speak for the entire Board of Directors when I say THANK YOU NEW HOPE! You didn’t have to do what you did…but it sure was nice of you!
We now have all of our auditions and nearly all of our rehearsals booked there. The three days the building was not available we have booked at American National Bank’s community room.
So, now comes the fun part….auditions! We have scripts in hand and a production committee formed. We can’t wait to see your kids show us what they’ve got!