Spring Forward

Forward Theater's 2018 Spring Fundraiser


We are elated to expand to four mainstage productions next season, and we need your financial support now more than ever.
This fresh take on our spring fundraiser is ONLINE, and we hope you love it. You’ll be supporting an organization you care about and as a token of our thanks we're offering you unparalleled access to our theatrical world and the creativity of our artists.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Scroll down this page to see the fabulous "Thank Yous."
Quantities of each item are limited, and some are ONE-OF-A-KIND!

Pick your "Thank You," by clicking on the image, make your donation, and ENJOY!

Or, forgo a "thank you" item and DONATE ONLINE HERE NOW.

You can also make a SPRING FORWARD contribution BY MAIL or PHONE:
By Mail: Forward Theater Company, Attn: Spring Forward, P.O. Box 14574, Madison, WI 53708
By Phone: Call Julia at 608-234-5001
QUESTIONS: Contact Julia at 608-234-5001 or at jnicholas@forwardtheater.com.


THANK YOUS - $100 LEVEL

Frameable Madison Icon Notecard
Fully tax deductible
We’ll send you a personal thank you note on a frameable Madison icon photo card. Photos by Advisory Company member Maureen Janson Heintz.



THANK YOUS - $125 LEVEL

Wisconsin-Brewed Beer & Hot Nuts
$100 tax deductible
You’ll be supporting Forward Theater and can spend your night relaxing with beer and hot buttered nuts (we’ll provide the six-pack of New Glarus beer and the hot-nut fixins’). Yum! Pick up your gift pack at FTC’s office at 579 D’Onofrio Dr., Madison by September 1, 2018.

Bottle of White or Red Wine & Hot Nuts
$100 tax deductible
Ok, so you’re more of a wine drinker. Pick your choice of a crisp summer white or a full-bodied red bottle of wine and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up along with the fixins’ to make yourself an incredibly delicious bowl of hot buttered nuts. Your friends may want to join you. Pick up your gift pack at FTC’s office at 579 D’Onofrio Dr., Madison by September 1, 2018.

Wisconsin Capitol Photo Note Cards
$115 tax deductible
In addition to being a talented theater artist, Advisory Company member Maureen Janson Heintz is a gifted photographer. We’ll send you a set of 4 of her Wisconsin Capitol photo cards - hand-signed 5x7 flat photo note cards with envelopes.

Sunflower Photo Note Cards
$115 tax deductible
In addition to being a talented theater artist, Advisory Company member Maureen Janson Heintz is a gifted photographer. We’ll send you a set of 4 of her Pope Farms sunflower photo cards - hand-signed 5x7 flat photo note cards with envelopes.

Ms. Forward Photo Note Cards
$115 tax deductible
In addition to being a talented theater artist, Advisory Company member Maureen Janson Heintz is a gifted photographer. We’ll send you a set of 4 of her Ms. Forward photo cards - hand-signed 5x7 flat photo note cards with envelopes.


THANK YOUS - $200 LEVEL

High Tea with Sarah Day and Jen Gray
Monday, September 24th at 4 pm, Celia Klehr’s home
SOLD OUT

$170 tax deductible
Sit down for an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, and scones with two of your favorite people. Dainty delicacies by Celia and truly delightful conversation await you.



THANK YOUS - $250 LEVEL

A Dessert Your Friends Will Fawn Over
ONLY 1 LEFT

Fully tax deductible
Forward Theater Founder Celia Klehr, known internally as “Mama C,” is an exceptional baker. She’ll make you a delectable dessert. Choose her Orange Cake, Chocolate Flourless Cake, Seasonal Upside-Down Cake, or a Fruit Pie. On a mutually agreeable date before March 2019.

A Visit with Some Lovelies
Fully tax deductible
Be the recipient of a charming mid-sized flower arrangement in a color palette of your choice hand-crafted by Julia Nicholas and personally delivered by Julia and Advisory Company member Clare Arena Haden at a time when you have a few minutes for a chat.

A Visit with Some Lovelies
ONLY 1 LEFT

Fully tax deductible
Be the recipient of a charming mid-sized flower arrangement in a color palette of your choice hand-crafted by Julia Nicholas and personally delivered by Julia and FTC Artistic Associate Karen Moeller at a time when you have a few minutes for a chat.

Majestic Blue Swarovski Crystal and Gold Necklace
ONE-OF-A-KIND

Fully tax deductible
This striking piece was designed and hand-crafted by local artisan Cheri Teal. 20” with galvanized gold seed beads.

Ocean Blue Swarovski Crystal and Silver Wave Bead Necklace
ONE-OF-A-KIND

Fully tax deductible
Local artisan Cheri Teal designed and hand-crafted this gorgeous 18” necklace with fine sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.

Silver Stunner
SOLD OUT

Fully tax deductible
The elegant simplicity of this stunning 20” necklace was designed and hand-crafted by local artisan Cheri Teal.

“Ms. Forward” Metal Photo Print
$220 tax deductible
Ms. Forward symbolizes creativity, determination, and perseverance – all values we hold dear at Forward Theater Company. Proudly display this gorgeous 5x7 metal photo print taken by Advisory Company member Maureen Janson Heintz. Comes with self-hanger on back and in a variety of surface finishes.



THANK YOUS - $500 LEVEL

Post Show Dessert/Drinks
with Jen & Julie

$420 tax deductible
Want to talk about a show some more with the people who know it best? Let Artistic Director Jen Gray and Managing Director Julie Swenson take you out after a performance for a bite and a chat. For two; To be arranged at a mutually convenient time during the 2018-2019 season.

Be a Stagehand During Tech
Fully tax deductible
Advisory Company member Shannon Heibler is a multi-talented theater artist. She’ll give you a taste of the life of the essential stagehand as well as a behind-the-scenes look at costumes and the tech process itself. Join Shannon for an early (10 am - 4 pm) or late (4 – 10 pm) shift on one of the “10 out of 12” tech days during SKELETON CREW or LIFE SUCKS. FOR TWO; SKELETON CREW dates: Sunday, Sept 2nd and Tuesday, Sept 4th; HEISENBERG dates: Sunday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 26th.

FUN HOME Director’s Chat for Two plus FUN HOME CD or Graphic Novel
$475 tax deductible
Enhance your experience of our blockbuster 2018-2019 season highlight, FUN HOME. Director Jen Gray will share the process of bringing this epic work to life. May attend either 5 pm Wednesday, November 14th OR 5 pm Saturday, November 17th. And, receive either the Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic graphic novel on which the musical is based or the FUN HOME original cast recording CD before the show opens.

HEISENBERG star Jim Pickering
ONLY ONE LEFT

$440 tax deductible
Have a leisurely conversation with veteran Wisconsin actor Jim Pickering, affectionately known as “Pick,” after a rehearsal or performance of HEISENBERG. Talk about theater, life, love, the rehearsal process for HEISENBERG with director Laura Gordon, and much more! For two; To be arranged at a mutually convenient time between January 1 – February 2, 2019.

2018-2019 Scripts, Notes, & Interviews
$460 tax deductible
Become an expert on the four mainstage productions in our landmark 10th Anniversary season. This summer, you’ll receive all four scripts along with notes from Artistic Director Jennifer Uphoff Gray and members of the Advisory Company about what makes these plays so special, as well as copies of interviews with the playwrights.

Backyard Burgers cooked up by Sam White (Weber grill rescuer), For Two
$420 tax deductible
Advisory Company member Sam White makes the best burgers. “When I had my first ‘Sam-burger’ I was really mad that he hadn’t made one for me sooner!” Sitting on the deck or at FTC’s founding table at Sam White and Celia Klehr’s home, you’ll be regaled by stories of FTC through the years while devouring juicy burgers and all the sides. For Two; 5 pm on Saturday, July 28th. Rain or shine.

Whiskey with FTC Founders on Celia Klehr’s Deck, For Two
$420 tax deductible
Spend a magical night surrounded by summer blooms and twinkle lights sipping whiskey and unwinding with Founders Celia Klehr and Michael Herold plus other FTC folks who drop by that evening. 7 pm on Saturday, June 23rd.



THANK YOUS - $750 LEVEL

Beer and Stories with Brian Mani after a Performance of LIFE SUCKS
SOLD OUT

$650 tax deductible
Brian Mani’s storytelling prowess is renowned. You and up to 3 friends will charmed by his warm manner, fascinating stories, and clever jokes. To be arranged on a mutually convenient date between March 30 - April 13, 2019.

Personal Shopping and Styling with Costume Designer Monica Kilkus
ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!

Fully tax deductible
Let Costume Designer and Advisory Company member Monica Kilkus be your personal shopper and stylist for an afternoon. Shop within your budget at thrift stores, department stores, or boutiques of your choice. She’ll pick out things you might not have realized would look good on you and that fit your body type well. And you’ll have fun – Monica’s delightful, skillful, and encouraging! Date to be arranged at a mutually convenient time before June 1, 2019.

Experience SKELETON CREW with Early Career Director Jake Penner
$670 tax deductible
Advisory Company member and SKELETON CREW director Jake Penner will take you through the journey of crafting his first full-scale professional production. He’ll share his research, the evolution of each of the design elements, as well as the anxieties and triumphs of putting the pieces all together on the Playhouse stage. Receive two additional tickets so you can bring some friends; Up to 4 may attend this Director’s Chat on either Sunday, September 9th at 4 pm OR Saturday, September 15th at 5 pm.

FUN HOME 1st Rehearsal, For Two
Fully tax deductible
Be in the room when our super-talented cast reads through the script together for the first time – Tuesday, October 9th at 12 noon. Leading the cast are Karen Olivo, Clare Arena Haden, Rachael Zientek, and Chantae Miller. For the full experience, stay after the reading to hear our Costume, Set, and Lighting designers talk about the inspirations for their designs. Approximately 12 noon – 3 pm.

Monologue Festival Special Access Pass
For Two, Includes Tickets

$700 tax deductible
FTC Artistic Associate Karen Moeller shepherds our selection process from the hundreds of submissions we receive through to the twelve we produce. In May 2019, once we’re rehearsing, Karen will take you back through the intricate process of evaluation and finding just the right director/actor pairing for each one. Includes two Festival tickets, a personal conversation with a director and actor, and an invitation to the Opening Night reception. Date to be arranged at a mutually convenient time in May 2019.



THANK YOUS - $1,000 LEVEL

FUN HOME Special Access Pass, For Two
SOLD OUT

$960 tax deductible
Forward Theater Advisory Company member Clare Arena Haden stars alongside Karen Olivo in FUN HOME (performance dates: November 1 – 25, 2018) and will be your personal guide to the production. Enjoy a post-rehearsal chat, backstage tour, and post-show dessert/drinks with Clare, as well as two seats at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Other dates to be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

LIFE SUCKS All Access Pass, For Two
ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE

$960 tax deductible
Forward Theater Advisory Company member Rana Roman stars in LIFE SUCKS (performance dates March 28 – April 14, 2019) and will be your personal guide to the production. Enjoy an hour of rehearsal and post-rehearsal chat, backstage tour, and post-show dessert/drinks with Rana, as well as two seats at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Other dates to be arranged when mutually convenient.

Complete The Nuts that Changed My Life
Evening with Michael Herold
ONLY ONE LEFT!

$960 tax deductible
Invite Advisory Company member Michael Herold to dazzle your friends and family with his now-famous rendition of The Nuts that Changed My Life. Following his performance, be prepared for lively conversation with Mr. Herold over the piping hot nuts and beer that we’ll provide. To be arranged when mutually convenient prior to April 30, 2019.

Madison-Chain Lakes Fishing Excursion with Sam White
ONE-OF-A-KIND
, $900 tax deductible
Fish with Advisory Company member Sam White. He’s not a licensed guide, but something even better – an actor who loves fishing and telling long, outrageous fishing stories. Panfishing for two or muskie fishing for one with Sam supplying all the bait and tackle and you providing your own snacks and beverages. Fishers 16 yrs+ must have a Wisconsin fishing license. Trip details to be arranged at a mutually convenient time before June 1, 2019.



THANK YOUS - $1,500 LEVEL

Skydiving with Actor and FTC Artistic Associate Karen Moeller
Tax deductible amount $1,000. Date to be arranged at a mutually convenient time prior to October 28, 2018.
If you’ve always wanted to skydive, you’ll relish the opportunity to do it with a friendly face encouraging you every step of the way. Includes the cost of a tandem skydive at Wisconsin Skydiving Center in Jefferson, WI, (just 45 minutes from Madison) and a still and video package so you can show off your achievement on social media. Karen took her first tandem jump in September 2017 and was immediately hooked. She’s now been three times and intends to keep on jumping.

“It’s an adrenaline rush that’s followed by a profound calming, centering, and feeling of accomplishment. It’s both empowering and incredibly fun! Be sure to bring friends and family to cheer you on when you land. They’ll love being part of your adventure!” ~ Karen


THANK YOUS - $2,500 LEVEL

Four Tickets for FUN HOME and Post-Show Drinks or Dessert with Karen Olivo and Jen Gray
ONLY ONE LEFT!
, $2,200 tax deductible
Treat your family or friends to an intimate performance of one of this century’s best new musicals and enjoy an exceptional opportunity to chat privately with Broadway icon, FUN HOME star, and Forward Theater Advisory Company member Karen Olivo and director Jen Gray. Prime seating available on certain dates, seating on other dates based on availability.