Consider NextStage for an End of Year gift - Please Donate Now!


Dear Friends -

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The time when family is closest, our hearts are open, and when helping others is so much a part of who we are.  It is the time to be the difference. It is the time of the year when we ask you to open your hearts and wallets to contribute to our year-end-campaign. As we set our goals for 2019 – and they’ve never been more ambitious – at no other time does your donation mean more than right now.

  • After experiencing our sold-out performance of the Love-In (SRO!), we are inspired to plan a major theatre production in the Spring of 2020 (remember how much fun we had with BINGO, the Winning Musical.)                                           

  • To create 3 new musical shows for our NSP Players to perform for the Santa Cruz community.

  • To enhance our health and wellness initiative that includes TimeSlips for those with cognitive impairments, and add a drumming exercise class for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

As the great Oscar Hammerstein II said in his moving lyrics to Happy Talk from South Pacific, “You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true.”  Ours’ is a dream to end isolation for so many seniors, a dream of bringing an afternoon of singing and laughter to those living in care facilities, a dream of bringing music and theatrical productions to the community created and performed by seniors, and the dream of involving more and more people in bringing positive energy to the way people view or experience aging.

Please join us to create NextStage’s dream. With your help, we can provide affordable creative arts events to make the aging journey more comfortable and hopefully more fun.  We invite both your year-end donation and encourage you to see how you can participate in our programs.  Any amount, large or small, is so appreciated. But the more you are able to give, the more we are able to give back.

Please consider NextStage in your year-end giving. Your donation can be made online at, or by mailing a check in the return envelope provided.

Thank you!                                                        

With best regards,  NextStage Board of Directors

In-Kind Donations

In addition to cash contributions, many businesses donate products to charity, often referred to as “in-kind” gifts,” or offer their services on a free “pro bono” basis. Other companies have products that can be used by nonprofits, including products from current inventory, obsolete merchandise, returned or slightly damaged goods, computers, or office furniture and equipment. Nonprofits can also benefit from services provided by a company and/or its employees, such as printing, legal representation or publication design.

Our Wish List:

Office Space - Rehearsal Space - Computers and Printers - Paper and Ink - Office Copier - Office Phones - Office Supplies - Bankers Boxes - Print Services Postage - Marketing Services - Photography - Videography

We also have Sponsorship Opportunities for some of our special events. A great way to reach our community.



Your Help is Needed!

To help NextStage continue to build a world where every individual flourishes across their lifespan through creative expression.

Outcome: Our contribution over the last five years includes a collaboration with Cabrillo Extension, Cabrillo Stage and Cabrillo Theater Arts to conduct a week long summer performing arts program, where we have delivered over 1,000 hours of creative arts training. Additionally classes are conducted in the Spring and Fall for students on a serious learning track. These are 6 or 8 week courses in voice, dance, improv, storytelling as well as other disciplines.

To help NextStage Players, a touring company of 35 seasoned performers, continue to bring joyful entertainment to the Santa Cruz Community with original musical and Broadway style productions. To improve our delivery system using digital music and sound amplification for appearances at larger venues.

Outcome:  The Players perform about 30 times a year and are enjoyed by audiences, particularly residents at healthcare and assisted living facilities and reach approximately 50 spectators per performance. This fall we also produced BINGO the winning musical, our first full scaled musical production and over 900 ticket buyers came.  All in all we are performing for “lots” of people at various venues, and loving every minute of it!

To help NextStage bring more cutting edge Health and Wellness Programs to the aging citizens and families of Santa Cruz County . The purpose of these programs is to enhance the quality of living, aging gracefully, and keeping a meaningful contact with their community.

Outcome: TimeSlips addresses wellness and happiness by using the open, poetic language of improvisational storytelling, which invites people with memory loss to express themselves and connect with others. TimeSlips is more than an activity…it is a way of being in relationships, and offers better care through creative engagement. TimeSlips is being offered free at Elderday and Sunshine Villa on a bi-weekly basis. Next year we are planning to develop a program of music and movement for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

To help NextStage build its volunteer leadership to expand and manage the organization, and strengthen our mission and goals into the future.

Outcome: Till now only a few founding volunteers, working diligently without any paid staff, have organized and made great strides with our NSP Programs. But as we prepare for the huge number of boomers turning 65yrs old we will need more help to serve such a diversified population. We have recently hired a part time administrative assistant and we will continue to recruit volunteer leadership who have a with a passion for the cause. If your are interested in helping us, please contact us at 831-316-4833-Voice Mail.