July 29, 2020
BE THEATRE CLOSES FOR LIVE EVENTS THROUGH JANUARY 2021
Be Theatre will not be producing shows this fall as we continue to navigate the changing landscape of the pandemic. Though we are heartbroken to make this announcement we are confident it is the right decision for our organization.
On March 8 we closed “The 39 Steps” and haven’t produced a show or event since that day. We’ve been dark for over 140 days. Our community continues to struggle from a dreadful summer of high positive cases and overloaded hospitals. Our team has discussed many reasons that we do not feel we can get back on stage at this time. Among a long list of obstacles, we have two large factors that prevent us from getting back to work this fall.
- FIRST: The small theatre and rehearsal spaces make it difficult to properly gather for rehearsals and performances effectively and safely.
- SECOND: As of July 29, 2020, we are allowed 50% capacity inside performing arts venues. In addition, we are required provide 6 feet of distance between guests and cannot have our traditional concession experience with craft beer, wine, snacks and sodas. The capacity guidelines take our seating down to about 45 guests at best. This lack of seating would result in a loss of revenue, which we cannot afford after almost 1/2 a year of not producing shows or generating any form of income.
SUPPORT FOR OTHER ARTS ORGANIZATIONS
We feel it is important to recognize that every performing arts organization is approaching their season differently to accommodate different models of business. We stand in support of the artistic leaders in our community and trust they are making the best decision for their organizations.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FALL SHOWS AND CLASSES AT BE THEATRE?
We will provide virtual learning in theatre and art classes this fall. We will soon be making announcements about how to get your children involved online. This is a great option for those who have chosen virtual learning and would like extracurriculars to be online as well.
24 Hour Theatre will likely be reimagined into a writing competition and presented on a virtual platform. More to come as we develop this new way to approach this exciting addition to Be Theatre’s annual season line up.
“Every Brilliant Thing” has been cancelled for the 20-21 season, and we look forward to presenting it another season when we are able to adequately bring it to life as intended. In addition, we have cleared the entire 20-21 season so that we have a clean slate and can produce shows we know will work in our theatre. We just aren’t sure what that looks like at this time, so we ask for your patience as we sit in our current state of “wait and see.”
B.A.D. Improv provides us the glimmer of hope for shows during the 20-21 season at Be Theatre. When we feel it is safe to rehearse and bring people in the theatre, this will be our first show in the space. Improv is a fan favorite and we are excited to get back to the stage as soon as possible. We are hopeful we can perform next spring.
Thank you for your understanding and support during this sad time in theatre history. It’s unimaginable what is happening to the world of performing arts. We miss our work and we miss our volunteers and patrons.
Founding Artistic Director, Be Theatre