With apologies to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the title of this theater tale could be "Out of the Woods."
The Colony Theatre in Burbank said a fundraising push that began around Thanksgiving snowballed into about $260,000 -- more than five times what initially was expected and enough to put the theater on secure fiscal footing 16 months after it had announced it was on the verge of closing, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Hundreds of supporters "opened their hearts and wallets," Barbara Beckley, the Colony’s co-founder and artistic director, told the Los Angeles Times. "Needless to say, our gratitude is boundless.”
Beckley said half the credit goes to a subscriber who, requesting anonymity, initially pledged $25,000 in matching funds for the 2013 year-end drive. The aim, Beckley said, was to go beyond the company's usual $10,000 to $15,000 take for holiday-season donations.
When other donors came through with the $25,000 in two weeks, she said, the matching-funds subscriber "was amazed and said, 'keep going.'"