Amid Complete Renovation, Next Act/Astra Launches 2018 Membership Drive

Next Act, Inc., the 501c3 renovating the historic Astra Theatre in downtown Jasper, has launched its 2018 membership campaign.  Launched while the building is currently undergoing a complete and total renovation and remodel lead by general contractor Seufert Construction, proceeds from the campaign will be used to pay for final design elements in the theater (including sound, lights, and new seating), as well as to fund programming for an abbreviated 2018 season of events.

The renovation of the Astra is scheduled to be complete this spring, with a yet-to-be-announced grand opening event set to take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018.  That date is significant as it is a nod to the 82nd anniversary of the building’s original grand opening on April 17, 1936.

“We continue to be amazed and humbled by the tremendous support of this community and their belief in not only the Astra Theatre, but in us, as well,” said Next Act’s chairperson, Leslie Hamby.  “This annual member campaign is a crucial part of our ability to operate and, this year is even more important as we are fighting hard to finish raising dollars for necessary design and sound and light elements in the theater.”

This year, there are two options for membership:  individual and business.  The individual memberships are available for the following levels: $100 (1 scoop of ice cream per month at Libby’s Gourmet Ice Cream), $200 (1 coffee per week at Brew), $300 (a pair of season tickets to the 2018 Next Act events at the Astra); $500 (your choice of 1 growler and 1 free refill per month at St. Benedict’s Brew Works or 1 theater seat in your name); $1,000 (2 theater seats in your name); and $2,500 (all incentives).  There are two levels of business memberships:  one at $500 and one at $1,000.  Both come with a variety of incentives including complimentary event tickets, calendar year recognition in the Astra acknowledging your support, on stage/on screen business mentions, complimentary popcorn, sodas, and more.  Additional, custom business packages are available, as well.

Memberships can be secured online via paypal at and/or forms can be downloaded there, printed, and mailed to The Next Act, P.O. Box 23, Jasper, Indiana 47547.  Individual donor cards can also be picked up at several downtown Jasper locations, including Made With Grace, Jagged Edge, and Chocolate Bliss.

Questions can be sent to or by calling 812-566-1935.