Barnes & Noble in the Kitsap Mall will host a book fair on Nov. 24 to raise money for the Central Stage of County Kitsap, or as it is commonly known, CSTOCK.
“We are a family oriented theater and we try to stick to family oriented musicals,” said Margie Kluth of CSTOCK.
“We have five main shows a year, and most of them are musicals,” she said.
A few non-musicals do grace the CSTOCK stage. The theater is planning to a Shakespearian play in 2014.
“CSTOCK has been around for over 25 years,” Kluth said. “We are always surprised when people don’t know they have a musical theater in town.”
The Nov. 24 fundraiser will help CSTOCK fund its community productions.
The community theater will receive a portion of the sales from the day. How much? It depends on how much money CSTOCK supporters can raise.
CSTOCK will hand out vouchers with a promotional code that will direct a portion of a sale to their organization.
“If they don’t have the voucher, they just need to say ‘book fair,’ or ‘CSTOCK,’ to tell the cashiers they are there to support CSTOCK,” said Ruthanne Devlin, community relations manager with Barnes & Noble.
The voucher code works at any Barnes & Noble store in the nation and online. The voucher code will work online through Nov. 28. The sales that count the most, however, are at the Kitsap Mall location. The sales there, on Nov. 24, will determine how much money the theater will ultimately receive.
CSTOCK will at least receive 10 percent of sales.
“But we focus on (Nov. 24) in the store because what is earned in the store determines the level of contribution,” Devlin said. “We have a goal of $2,000 in sales in the store, because then they get 15 percent.”
Barnes & Noble at the Kitsap Mall hosts around 25 fundraising book fairs each year for organizations or schools. The organizations can then get either a check or gift card to the store.
“CSTOCK will prefer a check because they want to use the money for their costume fund,” Devlin said.
Money can be tight for the nonprofit community theater.
“For each show that we have, because of the royalties, it can cost like $12,000,” Kluth said. “So we need money to produce them.”
CSTOCK is currently preparing for its latest musical, “Annie Get Your Gun,” that will run Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 at 9729 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale.
Auditions will soon begin for its next production, “Willie Wonka.” Actors can check CSTOCK’s website, www.cstock.org, for audition details.
CSTOCK at Barnes & Noble
Noon: Broadway talent show with songs and dances from Broadway productions.
1 p.m.: The cast of “Annie Get Your Gun” will perform pieces from the musical.
2 p.m.: The cast from CSTOCK’s previous production of “Alice in Wonderland” will perform. The Queen of Hearts will read to children. And a face-painting demonstration will show how actors are transformed into the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat.
3 p.m.: Members of Camp CSTOCK will perform. There will also be an appearance by the Cat in the Hat.
4 p.m.: CSTOCK’s student committee of junior high and high school students will perform skits.