The Seem-To-Be Players is realizing that it can't take community support for its shows for granted.
"If you've been in theater for awhile, you have the expectation that the community will come to you, but theater must reach out to the community," Ric Averill, director of the professional children's theater company, said.
That's why the company has established "Stars in Our Eyes," a theater membership program that pairs a child with an adult.
"We want them to share theater as part of family life," Averill said.
Membership in the program, for the child and the adult, is $100. Additional family members can join at a rate of $40 per adult and $30 per child.
The "Stars in Our Eyes" membership includes:
One adult and one child season pass to Seem-To-Be Players shows.
Invitations to special parties and events, such as a dinner theater preview of "American Tall Tales" on Friday night; a tea party following the company's "The Boston Tea Party" show on Jan. 19. ; a pioneer dress-up event for the performance of "Bird Woman: the Story of Sacagawea" on Feb. 16; and a banana split party on April 21 as part of "Stuart Little" production.
A subscription to a child-oriented newsletter.
An opportunity to participate in field trips to other theaters.
Special discounts on T-shirts, posters, songbooks and other items.
Advance notice of auditions and educational activities.
"We have 30 families now," Averill said. "Our goal is to get 50."
The Seem-To-Be Players will stage "American Tall Tales," an adaptation of classic fairy and folk tales by Averill, for the public at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Included are the stories of Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett. Adding to the fun are folk songs and the Tall-Tale-ometer, which allows youngsters to choose which character told the tallest tale.
After its premiere in Lawrence, the show will go on tour, making stops in Russell, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Cast members are Chris Johnson, Chris Waugh, Piaf Latham-Winter-Green and Adam Blair.
This same cast also is preparing a Lawrence and statewide tour of Averill's new play, "The Run-Away Orchestra."
For more information on the "Stars in Our Eyes" program, call 843-2787.