The Latest News...

Feb 21, 2017: At long last, today is the day we will all remember. The day our new elevator was certified and turned on for public use! The Future is here at last!

Sept 15, 2016:  Donations continue to flow in!  Current total is $850,000 toward our goal of $950,000.

July 5, 2016:  Construction Begins!

Jan 22, 2016: Please and Thank You dinner raised over $225,000 in a single night! 

Over 200 of the Guild's most ardent supporters attended this very special event held at the Four Points by Sheraton.  A wonderful slide show developed by David Cohn showcasing decades of volunteers, productions and our building's history set the tone for a delicious dinner.  Lynn Starcher began the program singing a stirring rendition of "what I did for love," while a slideshow gave testament to her lifelong involvement at BTG and concluded with examples of so many other volunteers past and present.

The program continued with a reminder from Francie Gass about the importance of this project, followed by a powerful video produced by Handcrank Films about the impact BTG has on our community.  Dee Dee O'Connor and John Purdie gave moving testimonials about the difference BTG has made in their own lives. Our President, Andy Backus, then gave a very moving and motivating call to invest in and change Bellingham itself!

And that call was answered!  Over $200,000 additional funds were pledged, taking our campaign total to $800,000!       


Oct 12,2015: Rotary Club of Bellingham pledge pushes campaign over half Million Dollars!

President Chuck Snyder announced at their regular weekly meeting today that BTG's capital campaign will be the Rotary Club of Bellingham's major project for this year. The RCOB has pledged to raise and donate $100,000 toward our campaign!  As of today's date, that brings the total amount pledged to $512,000 and puts over 50% of our goal.  Francie Gass, Doug Starcher and John Purdie attended today's meeting to give a brief overview of our project and thank the RCOB for their generous support.


Press Coverage

Date: Sept. 9, 2015: Bellingham Herald coverage of our campaign for a grand make-over.

Date: Sept. 4, 2015: Doug Starcher and Robert Muzzy discuss BTG Campaign on KBAI's The Joe Show

Date: Sept. 2, 2015:  Cascadia Weekly coverage of BTG's campaign for the Grail

Date: Sept. 1, 2015:    BTG campaign makes front cover of Entertainment News Northwest!


KCTS 9:  PIE goes backstage with the volunteers who break a leg to keep community theatre thriving in the 21st century.

Bellingham Theatre Guild's

Securing our Foundation, Elevating our potential

capital campaign is underway!

Date: Friday Aug. 28, 2015

With their typical flourish and flair, the BTG board of directors publicly announced a capital campaign to make our theater accessible! 

Andy Backus, BTG President welcomed everyone (including members of the local press), saying “This is a momentous occasion in the 87-year history of the Bellingham Theatre Guild, which aims to not only make the theater physically accessible to the entire community, but also to secure its future for the next 87 seasons."

Micheal O'Neal described the details of the project, which you can see by clicking on Our Future, and Francie Gass gave a moving reminder about the difference BTG makes in the lives of so many people.  John Purdie then asked everyone to join in this effort.   He urged them to invite their friends to a Behind the Curtain event, to attend a show with them, or to host a small gathering in their homes so the campaign committee can personally share this exciting project.  "BTG has touched all our lives, and now we all need to share our BTG story.  We’re going to make this happen, but it can’t happen without the community's support” Purdie said.