The holiday season is downright Dickensian -- it's the best of times, and the worst of times. The holidays can bring plenty of seasonal sparkle and fun (not to mention eggnog, the world's most perfect food), but they can also be especially difficult for those facing adversity, such as poverty, illness, or age.
For this reason, the holidays provide the perfect opportunity for those in the performing arts to get out into the community, and to give a little song, dance or smile to those in need. Putting on a Nutcracker production or Christmas show this year? Take small vignettes or scenes to a local children's hospital, assisted living, nursing community, or Geriatric Unit. Auction off some unneeded props or costumes for charity. Raise your voice on some holiday music or Christmas carols!
It's a soul-satisfying way to give back, and to make sure that you and your organization are out there and visible within your city, neighborhood or town. That same community you help today will also be cheering on your next production, or buying tickets to your shows tomorrow. These are your audiences. They'll remember that you were there for them, and so will you, creating bonds that will only get stronger over time. And if you're seeking inspiration? I've got some terrific updated tips on how to do that this year, just in time for the season!
And of course, when looking for inspiration for a worthy cause this year, don't forget about the recent victims of Superstorm Sandy this year, as well.
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