Weekly Newsletter – March 8, 2021


What an amazing FUN, EXCITING and ENTERTAINING Gala!!  MASSIVE KUDOS to Michelle Rigo, Betsy Humphrey, Christine Scott, and Traci Meadows for an ever-successful Gala!  When these ladies reached out to me back in the early Fall to pitch the Gala going online as an option, I was 100% on board!  BUT, the way it was managed far exceeded any expectation that was had! WOW!!  And to think it went off without a single technology nitch!!!  WOW WOW!!   Thank you for your time, diligence, flexibility, creativity, and positive energy for all of your efforts!  The term “I AM STRATFORD PLAYHOUSE” extends to EACH and EVERY member who has participated, volunteered, worked diligent hours towards the Playhouse to allow its top-quality endeavors to continue.

THANK YOU!!  What a fun event and I hope you all won some great items!!  I have to admit-the digital bidding was WAY too easy to get into trouble!!!  And it was FUN!!!!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Due to Spring Break up and coming, we will not need a Booster Club Meeting.  Any important information regarding ticket sales for Something Rotten will arrive on all social media and email platforms!!  Have a wonderful, safe Spring Break Playhouse!!

UIL One-Act Play
Regarding Electra
at the Berry Center on March 10th at 4:30 p.m. 

Here is the link for purchasing tickets for the UIL One-Act Play production of Regarding Electra at the Berry Center on March 10th. Each student has been allotted 4 tickets for friends and family.


Below are the Berry Center rules for the live audience:


  • Each Company student will receive access to up to 4 tickets. If you do not plan to use all 4 tickets. Please reply to Mr. Clayton’s Facebook in the Booster Club feed.
  • Parents/Guardians will purchase using the student’s ID number
  • Seating will follow UIL/Harris County Health guidance on seating capacities, etc.
  • Directors will have access to the remaining tickets that will be used for campus administration and family/friends.
  • The theater will be emptied after each production to allow for the next school’s patrons and the sanitization of seating / common areas.
  • Audiences are required to wear face coverings as described in Executive Order GA-29.
  • Patrons who cannot wear masks due to medical reasons should provide documentation upon entering the facility and may be seated in an alternate location.
  • A Digital program will be available via QR Code or equivalent. No paper programs and/or tickets will be available.
  • Limited concessions will be sold by the Berry Center.
  • No recording devices of any kind will be permitted.
  • NO FOOD OR DRINKS are permitted in the Berry Center Theater.
  • Late patrons will be admitted after the show has started.

Our first-ever Virtual Gala was a huge success!! We hope you all enjoyed the food, swag, fabulous entertainment, including looking back at the past, watching your amazing directors perform, and laughing at our hilarious emcee, Will Larrabee! And it wouldn’t have happened without our production and technology extraordinaire behind the scenes running everything on Zoom, Bethany Walker!! Of course, none of this would have happened without ALL of our selfless and talented volunteers, directors and students, and YOU! Thank you to each and every one of you for tuning in, for all of the positive feedback, and most of all for your incredible and generous support of our well-loved Playhouse! We will have financial results shortly, but we exceeded all of our goals, so THANK YOU!!!

TODAY, Monday, March 8th

Please PICK UP all of your winnings today from 2:00 pm-6:30 pm at the home of Betsy Humphrey at 830 Pinesap Drive. We will have raffle items, gift card grab gift cards, trivia winner prizes, and all silent auction purchases prepared for you to pick up. We offer curbside service: drive up, and we will bring your items to your car! NOTE: If you won a virtual experience of any kind, we or the host of your event will be in contact with you within the next 2 school weeks.

Gala expense reimbursements: Please send the Playhouse reimbursement form and all receipts to Renee Ash by this Friday, March 12, via email at [email protected].  Please also cc: Michelle Rigo at [email protected]. We are excited to have an accurate final number!  Click here for the Reimbursement Form.

Buy your Playhouse t-shirt! These t-shirts are super soft and stylish! T-shirts are on sale and only $15 through Sunday! Click here to purchase: https://e.givesmart.com/events/j2v/i/_All/cXid/?search=

Giving: We have two important ways that you can still give to the Playhouse. We are in great need after a tough year of canceled shows and drastically reduced ticket sales, so if you didn’t win the auction items you were going after, please still consider making a much-needed donation to the Playhouse. Make your donation here: rottengala2021.givesmart.com.

We are also still raising money for student scholarships. Please consider donating to this important cause and support our worthy students! https://e.givesmart.com/events/j2v/i/_All/cROz/?search=

We are thrilled that we sold almost every single auction item! We have one item left to sell for orthodontic treatment, a few signed Nunsense posters, a few spots to Candy’s Charcuterie Class (which will now be offered in-person OR via Zoom in May), and a few virtual experience spots for your rising theatre star! Let them learn tricks of the trade from some amazing Broadway stars and TV/movie celebrities! These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for your student at amazing prices. There is extensive information about each person offering an experience, and you can read about and purchase all of these spots here- please check them out and consider participating- it is a great opportunity and a contribution to the Playhouse! Click here to see all available spots: https://e.givesmart.com/events/j2v/i/_Instant/.

We also still have many spots available for our Playhouse 101 for our 8th graders! Please share our site for middle schoolers to help them get plugged into this valuable Playhouse informational session for our upcoming freshmen: galaeighth.givesmart.com.

Congratulations to all of our raffle winners! This was a great fundraiser for the Playhouse, and we hope you had fun playing to win! Our lucky raffle winners are:

Roomba – Katie Fields
RingLight – Maddie Fields
Amazon Echo – Kara Deis
Projector – Carolyn McCall
42″ TV – Erin Dietch
Mini Fridge – Heidi Chelala
Beats – Courtney Thrasher
AirPod Pros – Heather Sullivan
Apply Watch – Katherine Dawson
Lululemon $250 Gift Card – Jeanine Piskurich
Hermes Clic Bracelet- Melinda Hickey

Keep egging your friends!! Have fun and benefit the Playhouse for a minimal donation: https://GetEgged.givesmart.com.

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