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The Waldo Theatre


At its heart, live entertainment is a collective adventure: an experience exchanged between the players and the audience. When the lights go down your pulse goes up: that’s the magic of performance. At the heart of our mission is finding ways to reach everyone in our community. Because of our unique demographics, we strive to keep our ticket prices as low as possible, and to make arts education accessible to all households regardless of means. With your support we are doing just that.

In 2023, your friends at The Waldo have:

  • Presented 24 concerts, 65 films, and 15 theatrical performances

  • Welcomed more than twice the guests as in 2022 and exceeded ticket sales by 300%

  • Served 650 students via InterACT, After School, Summer Camp, and Field Trips

  • Enrolled 171 members and offered >50 free memberships to students and families

We have made incredible progress in growing our audience and our membership. We have impressed performers with the beauty and acoustics of our performance space and the competence of our staff. The response to our educational offerings has been enthusiastic, and we couldn’t be prouder of these future performers, creators, and technicians. We’re running a tight ship, but we’ve also got an urgent need for financial support that will fill our sails for the journey ahead. We are doing big things–with your help!

We thank you in advance for playing your part in strengthening this community through the support of arts and culture. Please give as generously as you can, knowing that your gift will be impactful for many.

Individual and Corporate Donations - 

The Waldo only exists today thanks to the generosity of donors like you.  Because of your past generosity, we were able to convert one of Maine’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” into a jewel of the Maine coast.

Now, as we continue to enrich our programming, your help remains critical. The fact is that world-class quality performing arts and films, as well as upkeep and maintenance of a historic building, can be expensive to deliver. We’re adamant that we keep our ticket pricing reasonable as a commitment to affordability for our local community.  You can help us make up the difference.


Tributes and Memorial Gifts - 


A gift to the The Waldo Theater can be a beautiful and meaningful way to mark the passing of a friend or family member, especially those who were lovers of the arts, theater or music. Your gift in their name and memory will help ensure that The Waldo we can continue to deliver both world-class performances and arts-inspired community programs.  You will also receive a letter of thanks, and we will notify the family of the deceased.  A gift to The Waldo is a beautiful way to honor your loved one when words simply aren’t enough.


Bequest Gifts - 

A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy of supporting performing arts and arts-driven community programs in Midcoast Maine. Whether you’re a year-round local resident, or summer visitor, if you’re like many arts lovers, you may feel that theater, music, dance and films have enriched your life in more ways than can be described. If that’s true, there’s nothing more powerful you could do as part of your legacy than to help our small, beautiful theater continue the tradition of bringing engaging arts, artists, and community art programs to our local area. Please reach out to your financial advisor for further guidance on the possible tax benefits of a bequest in your will to The Waldo Theater.

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