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Bequest to State Theatre Company South Australia

A gift in your Will to State Theatre Company South Australia leaves a legacy for future generations of theatre lovers – preserving a world of imagination and storytelling for audiences to enjoy for years to come. We caught up with donor Diané Ranck to chat about why she’s choosing to leave a gift in her Will to State Theatre Company South Australia. 

Diane Ranck

“Bequests are important because they pave the way to make theatre accessible and part of the community,” says long-time company supporter and friend Diané Ranck.

“I don’t think people realise exactly how much it costs to bring alive a concept from the start to the final production on stage,” she says. “Costumes, actors’ wages, lighting, rehearsal time, dramaturg work, venues, workshops and props, ticketing and the list goes on. How on earth can a ticket price pay for all that?”

In fact, ticket prices alone don’t cover the cost of our productions. We rely on the generosity of our donors to make theatre possible – and our bequest donors are a vital and treasured part of that community.

Our Heirloom Bequest Program enables your bequest to nurture the Company’s mission and leave a lasting impact on the creative and artistic life of our wonderful city and state. Not only will a bequest help us plan for the future with confidence, it may also allow you to plan for the kind of gift you are unable to make during your lifetime.

For Diané, it was easy to include a gift to State Theatre Company South Australia in her Will. “I had a discussion with my estate lawyer and he said I had a few options,” she said. “I could either re-do [my existing] Will, I could add a codicil with instructions, or I could discuss the wishes with my executors (my sons) and they would make the bequest on my behalf.”

If you’re interested in leaving a gift in your Will, we recommend you seek professional legal advice and speak to your friends and family about your plans.

Diané chatted with her sons, so they knew what she had included in her Will. “My children see how much I love the arts and they love to see me happy.  Indeed, they are drawn in too and I have started to educate my grandchildren who love plays!”

Making a bequest is a way to support the causes you’re most passionate about. For Diané, supporting our State Educate program is an important part of her involvement with the company.

“My passion is education and youth,” she says. “I feel youth involvement in theatre enlightens their growth – seeing young people engage firsthand and asking questions of the actors has been inspirational.”

As education ambassador, Diané also supports the education program with an annual donation to our Education Giving Circle. Through membership to this group, our donors help us take theatre to thousands of metropolitan and regional school students.

“I am thrilled that State Theatre takes productions to the regions – otherwise they would be confined to Adelaide metro and the regions would miss out. I am looking forward to the next generation of actors, artists and musicians.”

Planning or thinking about leaving a gift in your Will to State Theatre Company South Australia? Read our Heirloom Bequest Program brochure for more information and suggested wording for your will, and how you can be involved with our community of donors.

We love to connect with our community of donors. If you’d like to arrange a confidential discussion about leaving a gift in your Will, you can contact our Development Team on (08) 8415 5333 or development@statetheatrecompany.com.au