We are closely monitoring updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. Our highest priority is the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff.
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Artistic Director Alan Wager and
Managing Director Robert Levinstein
Dear Playhouse Family,
All of us at the playhouse have been working hard to evaluate our options during these uncertain times. This community means a lot to us. The health and safety of our patrons, staff, actors and volunteers is very important to us.
At this time, we have chosen to stay positive and offer a modification of our announced schedule. Following CDC, state and federal guidelines, it is our plan to open our Mainstage season in August with the much anticipated production of Mamma Mia (August 7-23), followed by Million Dollar Quartet (August 28-Sept. 6) and Divas Go Hollywood (September 11-13). We also plan to proceed with our Children’s Theater (Frozen, Jr. & Lion King, Kids) in August.
In addition, we are looking into the possibility of streaming live shows and events from the Bok Gallery at the playhouse.
If possible and feasible within gathering guidelines, we intend to open our beautiful Patio Bar to the community in late July on weekends, with exciting live cabaret performances, maybe a food truck or two and modified seating configuration for social distancing.
We will work diligently to ensure every patron has a safe and wonderfully entertaining Playhouse experience…by limiting audience size, offering increased safety precautions and maintaining a rigorous cleaning schedule throughout the entire Sharon Playhouse campus.
Of course, no one can predict the future. But we will be continually re-evaluating. We know our plans might have to change.”
There is also a plan in place to reduce the number of seats sold for every given performance to enable more social distancing in the playhouse itself. We know this will impact the revenue from ticket sales, but feel it's important for people to feel safe when they enter the theater. With limited ticket sales, we are hoping for continued donations to help bring a summer season to Sharon and the surrounding communities.
Emily Soell (our Board President) said it best: "Some might say the survival of theater is the least of our worries these days, yet in difficult times, the relief of humor, the escape of fantasy, the sense of community that a couple of hours in a theater provides has always been a kind of life line. To lose that, along with everything else, seems to me to be the ultimate blow to our humanity."
We truly hope you will join us this summer as we continue to bring live entertainment to the beautiful Northwest Corner of Connecticut.
All the best to you
Alan Wager - Artististic Director
Robert Levinstein - Managing Director