My poor students are getting disheartened because they watch videos of other high school drama departments online, and they have all of these amazing sets and costumes and things. We barely have lights at our school, and we have no orchestra pit! We also receive no school funding, and are rarely approved to do fundraisers, raise ticket prices, etc. How do those schools do it? I was watching a documentary where a high school LOST $17,000 on a performance. We are lucky if we get to SPEND $5,000. A local community group spent $30,000 on a play recently, just for sets, props, and costumes. We just can't compete, but we also can't charge our kids to be in the shows, nor would we want to! How do I build up the morale of my kids who feel second rate in our district where two different schools have state-of-the-art theaters, and we have an auditorium built (and last remodeled) in the 70's? How do I find money so that we can upgrade things and build nicer sets?