Take Two Productions was established in February 2004 for the purpose of providing opportunities for individuals of all ages and races to explore and develop their creative talents through live, musical theater, and to make community connections through service to and financial support of lesser known, well-deserving charities.
Take Two Productions is committed to presenting high-quality productions with multicultural and age-diverse casts. The group searches for productions that allow for creative casting, thus giving opportunities for many to further develop their talents and become more connected to the community. True to our mission, a 2006 production of Godspell, which traditionally has a younger cast, was cast with an older, multicultural cast. 2007’s Carousel and 2005’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast were cast with more children than required, thus expanding the opportunity for youth to explore their creative talents.
Since its inception, Take Two Productions has given total monetary gifts in excess of $14,000 to various, local charity organizations including the Bishop DuBourg High School Adopt-a-Student Program, the Bayless High School Drama Department, Project ARK, Catholic Services for Children and Youth Expectant Parent Program, Dream for a Day, Angels’ Arms, The Maggie Welby Foundation, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS, and Food Outreach. We were honored to receive a Fox Associates Charitable Foundation grant in 2007 to support our performance of Carousel, with proceeds going to Angels’ Arms, and a Target grant in 2008 to support our performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Too! Another Fox Associates Charitable Foundation grant and a Covidien grant were received for 2008 to support our performance of Nunsense.
Through developing community connections with local charities, Take Two provides its casts and crews the opportunity to learn more about and become involved in volunteer activities supporting worthy organizations. As a result of Take Two’s connections with these charities, several cast and crew members have become active participants in activities that further support these organizations. In 2007, Take Two Productions organized an “Angel Day” in June where Take Two Productions members provided lawn care, landscaping, and maintenance services to one of the Angels’ Arms residential units. During the March 2007 production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, attendees were given a discount on ticket prices if they provided a paper good or product, which was then donated to a local charity. During this two-weekend production run, Take Two collected over 150 paper products to donate to the charity.
In the summer of 2009, cast and crew members of RENT volunteered at Food Outreach. During the production, canned food items were collected to support the mission of Food Outreach.
Take Two Productions will continue to provide opportunities for all of the community to become involved in the performing arts and serve the community through charitable gifts.