Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 

Dear Woodford Theatre Family,

Thank you for your continued support of Woodford Theatre as we navigate the ongoing global pandemic and our “new normal.” Like you, we are monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and like you, we’re worried; worried about our families, friends, health and more. To say we’re living in unprecedented times is truly an understatement. Every day brings more news, more change, more disruption and uncertainty. And in the midst of it, we’re all trying to maintain some semblance of the lives we had.

The purpose of this email is to provide an update on Woodford Theatre, our programs, and the 2020-2021 Season. As a patron and supporter of Woodford Theatre, we thought you may be wondering about us and how we’re coping.

The health and safety of our staff, students, patrons, actors, artists and volunteers is paramount and continues be our highest priority. We have successfully navigated programs through public health concerns in the past, including the SARS outbreak in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, and the Zika Virus in 2015. And yet, this one feels so different.

Today, we are encouraged as communities are taking actions to control the spread of the virus, including cancelling large-scale public events, cancelling or postponing theatrical productions, curbing social contact and more. Hopefully, our individual and community actions and sacrifices have made a difference and will continue to make a difference moving forward.

As you know we have had to make difficult decisions regarding our season and programming, which has included furloughing some of our staff and entering into a period of “intermission.”  While we had hoped to resume programming and recall our team on December 1, COVID-19 continues to present an insurmountable challenge to in-person theatrical programming.  As a result, several members of our team have found employment elsewhere. We wish them well in their new endeavors. And, we look ahead to bringing new team members on board who are equally committed to our community, the arts, and our youth when programming resumes.

Being at a Woodford Theatre event, whether in the theatre or at an off-site location, is what makes Woodford Theatre special. Yes – we agree the show must go on! However, it will go on when it is safe to do so.  We are moving forward and exploring a variety of dynamic options to deliver in-person Woodford Theatre programming in late 2021. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will re-open as determined by local conditions and recommendations as well as the availability of our staff, actors and volunteers.

Thank you for your patience and support of Woodford Theatre, especially as we navigate through these challenges. One thing is certain, things will eventually get better. Experience teaches us, during times of crisis, that we need the arts more than ever.

Like many non-profits across the country, this crisis has greatly impacted Woodford Theatre, in ways known and unknown. And with countless events cancelled and social distancing occurring throughout the country, we are already losing important parts of inspired in-person arts and socialization.  We invite you to continue your support of Woodford Theatre. Your generosity will help us deliver on our mission when we can resume in-person programming. Donations can be made to Woodford Theatre’s 2020-2021 Annual Fund online by visiting the “Support” page or by mailing a check.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Alex Maddox, Woodford Theatre’s Business Director, at info@woodfordtheatre.com or by calling (859) 312-4710.

Please stay safe and healthy. We hope to stay in touch and reconnect in person once it is safe to do so.

 

Sincerely,

The Woodford Theatre Board of Directors

 


 

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