Dear members of the Walpole Footlighters community,
It is with a great sadness that we write to you today to let you know that the Board of Directors has decided we must cancel productions at our theater for the remainder of this calendar year.
We take this action with reluctance, but we believe it is the best way available to protect the health of our patrons and the many volunteers who make our productions possible. The continuing uncertainty over the dangers of COVID-19 left us few options. We explored how we could open the theater in a way that would be safe and comfortable for everyone involved. We determined that our space would not allow the necessary social distancing and other precautions that would provide each of you a worry-free experience at the theater.
This is particularly difficult because of the uplift and comfort and transportive qualities that theater offers. Live theater provides a communal experience, a special kind of story telling that is enriched by the palpable chemistry between audience and actors. We will deeply miss you while we put our productions on hold.
We are hopeful that we will be able to open the theater and welcome you all back early in 2021. The Board will keep close track of medical and governmental guidance and will decide in the fall if we can proceed safely. We would love to welcome you all back for an abbreviated season, perhaps one or two productions early next year. We had a delightful season lined up: Calendar Girls (postponed from its originally scheduled production in May), the musical Once Upon a Mattress, the drama Dinner with Friends, and the delightful comedy Sylvia. We will consider some mix of those for Winter and Spring productions.
We will be issuing refunds by check to ticket holders for Calendar Girls. This may take several weeks, so we ask for your patience. We would humbly ask you to consider turning the cost of your ticket into a donation to the Walpole Footlighters to help offset the financial burden this postponement will impose on the theater. If you would like to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-668-8446 by June 30.
We will not be selling season tickets for the 2020-2021 season, but season ticket holders can be assured that they will have their preferred seats available for the 2021-2022 season.
If there is one source of comfort in all this, it is knowing that we will see you again in our home in East Walpole, welcome you back, and share once more our love of theater.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.
With warmest regards,
Peter Bradley, President, 2019-2020
Kathleen Hardigan, President, 2020-2021
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