Maine State Music Theatre’s mission is to “enrich lives through musical theatre.” As a 501(c)(3) organization, we must rely on our donors’ generosity to fulfill this mission. Only a small percentage of our budget comes from ticket sales, so we must continually fundraise to present the quality musicals, concerts, and family shows our audiences have come to love.

Nearly 200 theater-makers travel from around the country every summer to join the MSMT team. Each person has a role to play, whether as a carpenter, stitcher, or dancer; these pieces must connect seamlessly. Here are just a few expenses that the general operating fund must cover:

  • COSTUMES: $110,000/show. Over 750 costume pieces were built for Kinky Boots (including 200 pairs of shoes!)
  • MICROPHONES: $3,000/actor
  • DRY CLEANING: $2,000/week
  • HOUSING: $2K-$4K/person. In addition to MSMT-owned housing, between 80 and 120 rooms are rented each summer for staff
  • TRANSPORTATION: $650/person
  • PAINT: $58/gallon. Most shows require more than 30 gallons of paint

Please consider donating today to our Annual Campaign. Your gift, in any amount, is truly appreciated.


By joining our Sustainers Club, you can provide our team with reliable resources and help us plan for upcoming seasons. Sustainers – who give more than $15 monthly – are some of our most committed supporters.

making a monthly gift is a great choice.

  • It’s the most effective way to make a difference: Sustainers help ensure that MSMT has reliable resources to continue creating live theater for years to come.
  • It’s the easiest and most convenient way to give: Make one monthly gift today, and your support for MSMT will last for the entire year—no further action is required!
  • You’ll experience less stress in December: By setting up your monthly gift today, you can relax in December, knowing your tax-deductible giving plan is already in place for the end of the year.
  • You can cancel anytime: If your situation changes, you can change or cancel your gift with a simple phone call.
  • You’ll make a difference every day with a monthly gift: Your monthly donation will be put to work, creating the shows and concerts we present each summer and growing and enriching the Midcoast arts scene for seasons to come. Please consider joining the MSMT Sustainers Club by signing up to give $15 or more monthly.
  • You’ll receive special perks: As a member of the Sustainers Club, you’ll be among the first to know next season’s show lineup, and you’ll also get exclusive invitations to Sustainers Socials throughout the season!

To learn more about MSMT’s Sustainers Club, contact Morgan Rodgers, Director of Development, at 207.725.0150,


The Living Legacy Circle was created to recognize those individuals who share our passion for musical theatre and are committed to securing MSMT’s future. If you have already arranged such a gift, please let us know so we can welcome you as the newest member of The Living Legacy Circle.

The many Living Legacy Circle options include naming MSMT as a beneficiary of your will, a living trust, a life insurance policy, or a retirement plan. Your attorney or financial advisor can advise you on the options available.

As a member, you will receive our special thanks in several ways:

  • An exclusive invitation to a celebration event
  • Recognition in the MSMT program, on the website, and a permanent plaque at 22 Elm Street
A Gift Through Your Will or Trust

After providing for the future financial security of your loved ones, you may make a bequest to Maine State Music Theatre to receive:

  • A residual gift after distributions to loved ones has been fulfilled.
  • A fixed, specific dollar amount.
  • A percentage of your estate.
  • Specific property, such as real estate.

If you would like to make a gift to MSMT to your will or living trust, or by naming the Theatre as a beneficiary of your financial assets, here is information needed to do so:

Legal Name: Maine State Music Theatre
Address: 22 Elm Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011

A Gift of Appreciated Securities

When considering what assets to use to make gifts to MSMT, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities can be attractive options and offer unique tax benefits.

Congress has provided that you can deduct the total value of such gifts, including any amount owed in capital gains tax if sold. Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock directly to MSMT.

If you’re sending a gift of stock, please contact our Development team at 207-725-0150 with your broker’s name, phone number, stock name, and the number of shares you are donating.

Giving for Income

You can elect to leave a legacy to MSMT at the same time that you generate income for yourself or your loved ones in several ways:

  • Charitable Remainder Trust allows you to ensure the financial well-being of your family and provide a deferred gift to MSMT.
  • Charitable Lead Trust can be designed to provide income payments to MSMT for a period measured by a fixed term of years, after which you or a beneficiary receives the remaining trust assets.

To learn more about MSMT’s Planned Giving program, contact Morgan Rodgers, Director of Development, at 207.725.0150 or email


Living Legacy Circle Members

Linda Abromson

James Burcham

Stevan Cote

Deborah Curtis

Prisca & Homer Kenison

Richard Morrell

David Osborne

John Joseph Burke

Margy Burroughs

Curt Dale Clark

Stephanie Dupal

Bob & Marge Healing

Kathie Jacks

David & Margo Knight

Wendy Legg

Robert & Cynthia McGuire

Thomas Pierce

Marc Robin

Sandy Morrell Rooney & Chuck Rooney

James T. Saindon

Linda Stephenson

Carla Sullwold