Aug 31, 2020
Looking to the Horizon
Dear Patrons, Subscribers, and Artists,
We’ve made some plans! Of course, that’s all we’ve been doing since mid-March. 2020 has been quite a year! After we’ve made plans, we learn more and then change our plans again. We now know that our whole 2020 season has been canceled. This is very sad and challenging for us, yet your safety is our most important concern. 36 years ago, we started with nothing and we can do it again! The big difference is that we have so much! We have you, the building, and all the stuff we have created and collected for the last 36 years! It may feel like nothing, but it’s a goldmine compared to 1985 when we planned and began our work.
What we are planning now:
First, let me say how excited we are with our new plans! Considerable thought has gone into the New Year going forward! We have been listening and have learned a great deal from our constituents.
To guarantee your safety, our next season will run from September 2021 to July 2022. We will announce our show selection and begin subscription sales shortly after the first of the year.
In the meantime, we will schedule shows and special events in what we are calling our “Bridge Programming” interlude. This will give us the flexibility to change our plans as we monitor the guidelines and make sure audiences and artists alike will be safe as we go forward. Anyone who still holds tickets for the 2020 season may attend these shows free of charge.
As the time gets closer, we will promote each show or “clusters” of shows. Some of these may be live-streamed or recorded and shared with you, but rest assured we want to do the most responsible thing for all of us. Producing live theater in our building continues to be our ultimate goal, yet it seems to us that announcing a season beginning in January is unrealistic.
Since we closed our doors in March, we have received over $16,500 in individual donations! This is the vote of confidence that we will be back and stronger than ever!
Our entire staff has been furloughed for quite some time now, and yet we are staying connected to prepare for our reopening. If you have trouble getting in touch with us, please be patient for we are not often in the building. The Board and staff would like to express how thankful we are for all the support and loyalty you have shown to The Ritz these past 35 years and look forward to the 2021 season and the day we are able to welcome you back to our Grand Old Historic Theatre.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your loyal support and stay safe,
Bruce A. Curless
Producing Artistic Director
The Ritz Theatre Company
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