Lemon Bay Playhouse Inc
96 W Dearborn St
Englewood FL 34223
It is the mission of Lemon Bay Playhouse to enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts, and to provide a venue for other cultural activities.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Robert La Salle
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1987
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
The Lemon Bay Playhouse will become the recognized community destination for arts activities serving as a learning space to harness local talent and extend community cultural awareness through the performing arts.
   In the last few years, community awareness and appreciation for Lemon Bay Playhouse has increased markedly. The demand for our performances has increased to the point where our plays presented in season, even with additional performances, sell out, (often before auditions are even held). In the past, many people were being turned away at the box office because of lack of seating capacity. In response, we added an extra week of five performances to our January through April schedule. The four Showcase performers, that are scheduled on the weekends between our plays during the season, bring Lemon Bay Playhouse to the attention of many more people, adding further demand for our tickets.
Needs Statement
  1. We need to replace our roof as it is old and cannot be repaired. Cost estimate is $35,000.
  2. We would like to replace our very old markee with a new LED system.
  3. The physical plant is in need of updating;  painting, repairs etc.
  4. Our parking lot needs to be resurfaced and restriped. Cost estimate is $9,500.
  5. We would welcome any donation to the theater in general for upkeep of the facility and improvements to the building. Donations designated for youth programs/sponsorships are also welcome.
Background Statement

Lemon Bay Playhouse, The Englewood Community Theatre, Inc., was formed by a few local amateur actors and incorporated in April 1987. The group took over a rented store-front space in July of that year and acquired a non-profit 501 (C) 3 organization status. In August a two-performance talent night was held to raise funds needed to convert the space to a theater. The first full production, "Play On", opened September 24, 1987.

The first few years were a struggle to find directors, actors, sets and props, even audiences, to support the productions. Traditional opening night galas were started in December 1989 and this got each future production off to a good start. Beginning with the fall, 1991 season, arrangements for group sales and whole theater rental were made and for the first time season ticket holders were given the opportunity to reserve their seats. Since then all seats are reserved. In the 1991 season there were 23 season tickets sold. Now there are almost 900.

A mailing list was begun in late 1989 and as telephone callers reserved seats we added their names, addresses and phone numbers to the list. In addition to local publicity and mailings we began telephoning those on the list to advise of a new play opening. By 1992 we were filling most seats and were able to open a savings account.

The program book, supported by advertising sales, was begun with the fall of 1992. This book has continued to show a profit and has made many new community friends for the theater.

The floods of the summer of 1995 convinced the Board of the desperate need for more adequate space. The building at 96 West Dearborn was available and in a great leap of optimism the Board negotiated with the owner to carry our mortgage and we closed on the sale in late September, 1995. An "open house" for the community in early October was well attended. Volunteers were signed up on the spot and many are now the back-bone of our large group of faithful volunteers.

Thanks to careful financial management, profitable shows, generous donations, and welcome grants the theater has not only made great improvements in the physical plant, making it more comfortable for actors and audiences, but has also managed to pay off the mortgage in less than 6 years.

Lemon Bay Playhouse has matured to a successful community theater because of the supportive community and the tireless volunteers.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments
Southern Sarasota County, FL - Northern Charlotte County, FL
Englewood, FL 34223
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Board of Lemon Bay Playhouse has been working on the needs of our organization.  Our Strategic Plan, which was passed in 2013 and can be found on our web site, lays out our proposed plans for the  5 years ending in 2018.  Many of the goals set forth have already been achieved.  We feel that adherence to our mission statement is critical to our growth and well being.  Increasing opportunities for the community at large to participate is essential to fulfilling our mission statement. The organization has been able to sustain itself with the proceeds of our high quality productions, but we feel the need to expand our outreach programs to include a more diverse spectrum of the community. We utilize a unique outreach program of our Readers Theater to bring live entertainment, at no charge, to groups and organizations throughout the area including nursing homes and shut-ins.  In addition, we hold both adult and children's acting classes that are open to the community at large.  We recently purchased the adjoining building to provide space for pre-performance activities. This enabled us to add a seventh production to our season and provide stage time for local children’s groups to use our theater for their recitals.  It also makes it possible to bring in musical groups on dark weekends , at reasonable prices, for the entertainment of our community. We are seeking sustaining patrons of all levels who share our vision for the future of our community.  

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Lemon Bay Playhouse is and has been an active, vital part of the Englewood community for 29 yrs.  We have brought live theater to the community where none existed before.  We strive to present some of the best plays available using local talent while maintaining a reasonable price making our entertainment available to the whole community.  As with most community theaters, funding is a vital need for us.  Currently our major source is our ticket sales.  We would welcome the opportunity to talk to or share information with potential donors.
Description Currently, we do 7 full productions each year.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Improved production quality yet kept ticket prices low for the community.
Long Term Success Will bring first class and high quality live theater to the Englewood Community.
Program Success Monitoring Attendance to performances has increased over the past few years.  Interviews with patrons shows wide acceptance.
Program Success Examples The attendance during the 2011 - 12 season (Jan through April) shows a 99%  attendance rate.  This season, the first 2 shows, which are off season, have had a collective 96% attendance.
We bring live performance theater to the community with troops of actors who go to any organization, nursing home, or community center.  This is done free of charge.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
An appreciation of our playhouse by the community.
Long Term Success
A wide acceptance of Lemon Bay Playhouse as a community asset.
Program Success Monitoring
Board of Trustees
Program Success Examples
The number of requests for appearances has gradually increased over the past few years.  Last season, Sept. to July, we did 45 performances by request in the community.
Description Basic and intermediate acting classes as well as a Shakespeare  workshop for adults.  A summer children's theater workshop.
Budget $0
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Provide an entertaining and educational experience in theater presentation and production to Englewood.
Long Term Success Bring a wider appreciation of the skills in acting and theater production to the community and expand our talent pool.
Program Success Monitoring Enrollment in the classes.  Since we are just now resuming our classes after a short hiatus due to lack of instructors, we have no hard data at present.
Program Success Examples In the past, we have had satisfactory enrollment and have increased our talent pool considerably to the delight of our local community.
Program Comments by Organization
We are a small community theater that supports ourselves by our ticket sales and donations of our members and friends.  We continue to  endeavored to keep our services to the community affordable and have not raised prices in several years.  We have accomplished this through the generosity of our many volunteers, from our board of trustees to the actors on the stage and the people serving punch in the lobby. 
However, we have not been able to keep up with the ravages time has taken with our physical plant.  The lighting system needs upgrading as well as improvements to the theater itself, new stage floor, new seats, and a new markee.
We wish to maintain our pricing so as to remain available to the largest possible number of people in our community.  To that end, we have undertaken donation appeals and will be holding some fundraising events during the season.  However, this being a not so affluent community, these we expect will have only moderate success.  Therefore, we are seeking grants to aid us in making the needed improvements so that we can continue to bring the first class entertainment to our community and the outreach programs that are so popular as well as continue with the education in theater to our friends and their children.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email bob@lemonbayplayhouse.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Ric Goodwin Artistic/Production Manager
Ann Hanushek Business Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 120
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
  • Lemon Bay Fest committee to provide a venue and expertise for the annual festival.
  • The Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency to help our community with growth and plans for the future.
  • Elsie Quirk Library to provide a venue for children's programs.
  • The TerraNichol Academy to provide a venue for their annual stage presentation as well as scholarships for deserving children.
  • Lemon Bay High School help with set design and adult actors when needed.  Also provide scholarships to deserving seniors who are going to pursue career in the performing arts.
  • Venice High School help with set design and decor.
Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce2017
Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce2017
American Association of Community Theatre2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert La Salle
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2020
Board Chair Email bob@lemonbayplayhouse.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ron Bupp No Affiliation
Kim Fox No Affiliation
Robert La Salle No Affiliation
Jim Manns Community Volunteer
Jim Sciarello No Affiliation
Michele Strauss No Affiliation
Charles Tyler No Affiliation
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Mar
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Feb
Fiscal Year End Day 28
Fiscal Year Ends 2019
Projected Revenue $249,250.00
Projected Expenses $230,675.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $39,398.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We purchased the property next door to our theater and have started a capital campaign to pay off the mortgage by the end of 2016.
Campaign Goal $85,000.00
Campaign Dates June 2013 to Dec 2016
Amount Raised To Date 47243 as of Jan 2016
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$43,887$50,587$118,565
Investment Income, Net of Losses($26,227)$19,506$3,508
Membership Dues$1,410$1,341$1,410
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$154,535$165,293$177,939
Administration Expense$23,648$20,292$17,230
Fundraising Expense$0$0$1,250
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.341.62
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$949,315$1,002,241$925,922
Current Assets$509,823$262,340$230,571
Long-Term Liabilities$0$73,008$118,574
Current Liabilities$38,570$46,865$10,985
Total Net Assets$910,745$882,368$796,363
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTheatrical Productions $187,301Theatrical Productions $168,311Theatrical Productions $186,789
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $43,887Contributions, gifts, grants $50,587Contributions, gifts, grants $118,565
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTheater Classes $5,200Investment Income $19,506Playbill Advertising $8,205
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.225.6020.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%7%13%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We have experienced a definite upturn in our ticket sales this season.  Season ticket sales remained steady, but single ticket sales have soared through the first half of our season, especially in that period before the normal influx of snowbirds.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Lemon Bay Playhouse Inc
Address 96 W Dearborn St
Englewood, FL
Phone 941 475-6756