Three weeks ago we shared details (below) about Saltmine Theatre Company’s plan to record our Christmas show Hark! A Nativity Story and put this online as a non-cancellable outreach event for churches. Preparations for the show are progressing and rehearsals with the cast have started today!
Saltmine Theatre Company now has a Christmas page on our website: please visit:https://saltminetrust.org.uk/index.php/harkchristmas
We have now created two packages for churches:
Option 1 – Premium Church Package
Churches will be given access to the recording of Hark! online with a username and password. They can then screen the production in their buildings to socially-distanced groups, give their login details to congregation members to watch at home or do a mixture of the two. Churches who book this package will also have access to a downloadable family pack and bonus ‘behind the scenes’ features online. Suggested minimum donation: £650 - £850+*
Option 2 – Basic Community Package
If your church would like to share Hark! and its message with neighbours, colleagues and friends, why not consider donating £250 for a set of fifty gift cards* featuring the login details for access to this recording? As you give each card out, you invite someone to engage with the Nativity story – surely that is the ultimate Christmas present!
*Saltmine asks for a donation of £5 per gift card – minimum of 50 cards
Details of what each package includes and a sign up button are available on the website page. If church leaders any questions, they can email creative a_t saltmine d_o_t org or call me on 01384 454 807.
Saltmine Theatre Company's plans for Christmas 2020 - An Update
I wanted to let you know about Saltmine Theatre Company’s plans for Christmas 2020.
Usually Saltmine Theatre Company would create and tour three all-age productions with a message to around 70 churches throughout the UK from November to January. One of our most successful shows to date is Hark! Hark! A Nativity Story is Saltmine’s innovative re-telling of the story of Christmas featuring an apprentice angel looking for a lost message, a shepherd looking for a sheep and King Herod looking for an evil laugh. They all discover that ‘Everyone is Invited’ to meet the ultimate King at Christmas.
This year whilst everything we love and expect might look different the Christian message of Christmas remains unchanged. Now, more than ever, the message of inclusivity at the heart of the Nativity story is an urgent one. Saltmine Theatre Company feels called to reimagine our show Hark! A Nativity Story for this new season. Filmed live in a theatre with a big cast, live band, and original music we want to partner with churches and help galvanise and reconnect communities.
We feel this is an opportunity to provide an exciting creative element to your church’s Christmas programme that cannot be cancelled and which brings joy whilst sharing the familiar Saltmine Christmas heart with added wow factor.
When Saltmine Trust has received your donation, through our downloadable link of Hark! A Nativity Story you will receive a copy of the full filmed production with
interval. Additional children’s and audience resources will be available for download online.
How you deliver it is up to you. You could host socially distanced screenings of the show in your church, provide an exclusive link for people to watch at home or do a mixture of the two.
We are asking for a minimum donation of £650 (or up to £850) for the Hark Christmas Package. The show will be accessible to you and your church online throughout the Christmas season.
If you have links with your local schools and would like to share your purchased licencing of the Christmas show with them, we are asking for an additional donation from each school of between £75-£150. If you are interested in this, please contact me.
Saltmine Theatre Company asks churches to distribute the exclusive link of this production to your own congregation only. We will release weekly links to the online version of the show for ease of access for all watching and to help maintain a level of control over the distribution.
For more information or to go ahead with this opportunity, please email me at creative a_t saltmine d_o_t org
or call me (Joanna) on 01384 454 807.