Advertising and Sponsorships

Advertising

Each season LMST distributes over 8,000 playbills, which highlight the best businesses and organizations the High Country has to offer. Most patrons keep their playbills to enjoy, giving businesses exposure long after the curtain has fallen. By putting an ad in our playbill, you signify that you support the arts and the Banner Elk community while putting your business or organization in the spotlight. Join dozens of other businesses and organizations, and place an ad in our 2022 playbill by completing the form below!

Complete the playbill advertising agreement

Sponsorships

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s strong reputation for producing top-quality theatre in the High Country makes us an ideal partner for corporate sponsorships from businesses of all sizes. Our audiences tend to be 40+ in age, educated, upper-middle-class, and well-informed when they make decisions about what businesses they support. With season audience sizes reaching nearly 9000, we are confident there is a good demographic within our audiences for your business or organization!

Please Note: For all printed benefits, such as posters and banners, sponsorship must be received no later than March 31, 2022.

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    Tier One: Season Sponsor (Sponsorships of $10,000+)

    • Above title billing on LMST’s season brochures, posters, Hayes banner, playbill(s), social media, and website;
      • Above title billing includes the business’ or organization’s logo under LMST’s logo on printed materials.
    • A full-page color ad in the season playbill;
    • High visibility among LMST audiences, including featured in the preshow projections and on-stage recognition;
    • Twelve comp tickets that can be used for any production of the season.
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    Tier Two: Production Sponsor (Sponsorship of $2,500–$9,999)

    • Recognition next to a production title on season posters, Hayes banner, playbill, social media, and website
      • Company or organization’s name will be listed next to a single individual production listing.
    • A half-page color ad in the season playbill;
    • High visibility among LMST audiences, including featured in the preshow projections and on-stage recognition;
    • Company logo included on season poster and banner;
    • Eight comp tickets that can be used for any production of the season.
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    Tier Three: Performance Sponsor (Sponsorship of $500–$2,499)

    • Signage in Hayes Auditorium lobby for a specific performance date;
    • An ad in the season playbill ($500-1499 - 1/8 page color ad; $1500-2499 - quarter color page ad)
    • High visibility among LMST audiences, including featured in the preshow projections and on-stage recognition during a specific performance date;
    • Four comp tickets that can be used for any production of the season.

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

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    Restaurant Sponsorship

    Restaurants can partner with LMST by catering company meals. For the 2022 season, we’re looking for restaurants who provide a meal for a group of 35-50 individuals, depending on the production.

    Restaurants who sponsor a company meal can expect to:

    • Be listed on LMST’s social media and website as one of our restaurant sponsors;
    • Be listed in the LMST season playbill as one of our restaurant sponsor;
    • Have high visibility among LMST audiences, including being featured in the preshow projections;
    • A quarter-page color ad in our season playbill for each event catered;
    • For each event catered, four comp tickets can be used for any production of the season.
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    Media Sponsorship

    Media companies (television, radio, print and/or digital) can partner with LMST by providing coverage and advertising for LMST. 

    Companies who give LMST media support can expect to:

    • Be listed on LMST’s social media and website as one our season media sponsors;
    • Be listed in the LMST season playbill as one our season media sponsors;
    • Have high visibility among LMST audiences, including being featured in the preshow projections.

Have questions or are you ready to bring your company center stage with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre? Contact Managing Director Gabriel Vanover at vanoverg@lmc.edu or 502.758.3068.