Virginia Samford Theatre (VST) has brought Broadway to Birmingham since 1927. Tragically, parts of the theatre were destroyed after heavy rainfall and flooding on March 16, with valuable equipment, scenery, costumes and more being swept away. Read on to see how you can lend a hand and support VST in their time of need.
History swept away
After the pandemic put live performances on pause, lately, it seemed like everything was finally getting back on track—especially in local theaters. VST delivered a season of spectacular shows, including Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and Spelling Bee.
Unfortunately, in the midst of rehearsals for Stephen Sondheim’s Company, heavy rainfall and floodwaters from Caldwell Park poured into the theatre on March 16.
According to a letter from VST, much of their valuable production equipment was swept away. Scenery, costumes, microphones, computers, musical instruments and other electronics were completely destroyed.
“We held fast to the phrase ‘The show must go on.’ And it did! Company was a huge success! But much work remains to restore and renovate the spaces affected by the flood, replace the damaged furniture and equipment, and to ensure the theatre never experiences such flooding again.”Virginia Samford Theatre
The damage is extensive, and it will take years to fully complete the expensive repairs. VST needs your help now more than ever.
How you can help
Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can support VST, including buying a ticket for one of their dazzling upcoming performances. Their 2022-2023 season is full of fan favorites like Annie and Steel Magnolias.
To get the best seats in the house at every show, consider purchasing season tickets for only $235 per person. “Create your own” season tickets are also available. Call the VST box office at 205.251.1206 to reserve your season tickets.
For individual ticket information, visit their website
You can donate directly to the Flood Recovery Fund here. Every dollar counts to help repair and replace what was lost in the flood.
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