Another night, another show! This time in Glendale: Linus is singing about the “Great Pumpkin” and Snoopy is writing a novel. I am sitting in the back writing the Christmas letter and marveling at how far MoezArt has come in ten years. This show, “Snoopy”, is a fairly typical MoezArt performance – crazy, memorable, full of fun and kids charged with an “opening night” fervor. This show, though, has something that no show ever had before. Two truly remarkable brothers: Benjamin plays Schroeder and Mason makes his stage debut as Charlie Brown. Besides being budding actors who love theatre, Mason and Benjamin both have Cerebral Palsy. Their disabilities restrict them both in wheelchairs but that does not slow them down for one moment. Their mom, Carol Shrader, enrolled them in MoezArt because “they are both interested in theatre and I was looking for an opportunity for them to interact with their peers in a positive environment.” When she found out that both her sons had landed leads in their first show her reaction was one of shock and fear and then…when she saw their faces…she was thrilled! Carol observes that MoezArt has first and foremost elevated her sons’ self esteems, allowing them to see beyond their own disabilities.
Carol says that her sons are already looking forward to their involvement in the spring production of “Robin Hood”. They plan to stay with MoezArt as long as they can because they love it and have become addicted to theatre. The Shrader’s encourage others to become involved and watch how God can use the arts to grow students in their walks with Him and their abilities in the theatre. It is our dream that MoezArt will continue to be a place where kids like Mason and Benjamin feel accepted, appreciated and even APPLAUDED.
As you well know, we are living in economically challenging times, with family budgets straining to get by. As a result, more and more families who want to participate in MoezArt are in need of scholarships to do so. Sadly, this last fall we had to decline scholarships because of the large need and the fact that our dollars are already being stretched beyond the absolute limit, including several staff members volunteering to receive partial or no salary. Yet, despite these financial hurdles, we don’t want to turn our back on the young men and women whose lives are being touched daily by MoezArt Productions. While student tuition and ticket sales do provide much of our income, our costs continue to rise, and we want to keep our prices as low as possible.
It’s truly exciting to see all the amazing things the Lord is doing and that’s why we would like to take this opportunity to ask you to partner with us in this exciting ministry that not only proclaims the Gospel through the arts, but also equips and strengthens countless young men and women to be the best they can be for Jesus Christ.
We humbly ask you to prayerfully include MoezArt Productions in your year-end giving:
¨ A $425 donation could scholarship one student for a full semester.
¨ $1,000 could purchase one additional microphone so our students can be heard at performances (we’d like 4).
¨ $25,000 extra would allow all our staff to work full-time to give our students the best theatre experience.
¨ Any gift, any size would work to bring these and more to fruition in furthering the growth of our students through Christian theatre.
MoezArt Productions is a 501c3, non-profit organization. All gifts are completely tax deductible, and provides a positive influence for numerous young students and will allow us to reach even more students with the life-changing experience of glorifying God through the arts!
In Christ’s Service,
Steve and Sharon Rodriguez
CLICK HERE for information on how to become a personal sponsor, corporate sponsor or to even underwrite a season!
Mail your check or money-order to:
MoezArt Productions, Inc.
18411 N. 16th Way
Phoenix, AZ 85022-1349
Browse the website or call (602) 494-5663 to find out more about MoezArt Productions, Inc.
If you would like to donate items for this semester please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-494-5663.
P.S. Below we added a “wish list” of items that would greatly help the ministry of MoezArt Productions. If the Lord leads, we would deeply appreciate your consideration of some of these items as you evaluate your generous giving. Thank you!
MoezArt Productions, Inc. Wish List
Top Priority (Cannot do without)
Storage/warehouse (min. 2000 sq ft) $15,000/annually
Hourly pay for 2 extra staff – $40,000 min./annually
Student Scholarship (each semester/per student) $425
Would Help… A Lot!
(and will need to have sooner rather than later)
Area Microphones $4,000
Portable Sound System $5,000
Be Really Nice to Have (and will need eventually)
14 ft enclosed trailer $6,000
I Can Dream
Our Own Theatre $15,000,000