I have the same conflict every time I make the poster. Although, admittedly, mine is an internal one as no one has ever asked or made a comment.
I have started to just say "Name of High School Presents" rather than attributing the work to theatre or the arts department. My way of thinking goes:
1) even though I am completely funded through ticket sales and fundraisers, the school does pay my salary, provides a wonderful space to perform and rehearse, and all the students are part of the school
2) if we want to be part of the bigger picture of the school this is a chance to say "here we are"
3) it is a reminder to those looking at the ad of where the performance is being held
4) "a rising tide lifts all ships" It doesn't take anything away from your hard work to elevate someone else. It might actually help everyone in the long run. I hope that is maybe the intent of whoever asked you to make a change. If you feel like someone is trying to take credit for themselves then maybe it is another issue all together.
I totally know where you are coming from and still question my verbiage every time I am about to create the advertising.
Congratulations on putting up your show!
Break A Leg,
J. Harvey Stone
Jamestown High School Theatre
Sent: 05-20-2023 11:27
From: Julie Estrada
Subject: Theatre Department or Performing Arts Department?
On our posters & program we have traditionally had at the top Theatre presents versus Performing Arts presents for both the musical and the play.
It has recently been asked to have Performing Arts when we advertise for the musical and I am conflicted because the Performing Arts dept works on the show but the Theatre Department pays for everything and coordinates it all (ie... me). I have the philosophy that when the band plays in the pit they are part of the theatre department. It isn't the choir singing, it is the students who auditioned for the show who sing.
I am wanting to give credit where credit it due, I just have a hard time with something like this when I want us to be inclusive and feel like a part of what I have been doing is being taken away or lessened.
And please be kind...this is a hard question for me to ask/post.
Theatre Educator & Director