December 30th 2021,
Dear Supporters of Oshawa Little Theatre,
It has been a long time since we were part of a live theatre production at our theatre as the expression “the show must go on” was replaced by “stay safe”. As we look to re-open the theatre in 2022, I want to bring you up to date with our plans moving forward. I will confess that when I first planned this letter I had a very different message with a bit more certainty as to the specific dates of re-opening; now with the Omicron variant somethings are a little more up in the air.
We are pleased that the production of the musical Ordinary Days is currently in rehearsal and is scheduled to take the stage in February to lead us back to live performances (and what an appropriate title to boot!). As a measure of caution, we have chosen to double cast the show with each cast playing four performances in the 8 performance run that begins February 10th and closes the 21st of the month. We will also be limiting the audience numbers to the show and run at less than 40% capacity. Tickets will soon be available on-line for purchase and we will be offering them first to subscribers and members.
We are also excited to announce our second production, the musical “Putting it Together” a celebration of the words and music of the late musical legend Stephen Sondheim, will take the stage March 31st to April 10th for an 8-performance run. Auditions for this production will soon be announced so please keep an eye out for the notice.
On a sad note, the production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which was slated to open one week after the shut down was announced is unable to return as originally hoped. This is a huge disappointment not only to our cast and crew which worked so hard and were ready to present an outstanding show, but also to our patrons who purchased tickets. For those of you who are still holding tickets for this production we would like to offer you the following options:
Ordinary Days or Putting it Together
The Box Office will return to normal operation hours as of January 5th for phone call inquiries and orders; you may also contact us via email at email@example.com to let us know your intentions. As of now there is no intention to open the Box Office to in person sales and all tickets will be purchased online or by phone.
After two years of maintaining the theatre facility without any income coming our way, the Board has found it necessary to raise ticket prices moving forward with the adult base ticket price of $33 and a student base price of $23 (service fees are added on top of the base price). We are obviously sensitive to how this impacts our loyal patron base but please realize we do this out of necessity to cover the rising costs of running our theatre. For those of you holding Dirty Rotten Scoundrel tickets and wish to exchange them, please note that we will honour the tickets at a one for one exchange with no up-charge to the new ticket prices for both “Ordinary Days” and “Putting it Together.”
The theatre has implemented a thorough updated protocol concerning Covid-19 which includes vaccine verification, screening, and enhanced cleaning to the facility. The theatre is in the process of hiring a Covid Compliance Manager who will oversee the safe operations of the theatre. In the future we will be updating you as to how audience members will be returning to the theatre and the changes that will be necessitated to keep everyone safe.
On a very positive note, our Youth Group has been active since September with their educational program which culminated in their Christmas showcase streamed to their families and friends this past week. Now they will be transitioning to working on their May production of “Seussical” which will be directed by the outstanding Geoff Coulter and choreographed by his equally outstanding wife Shari. Throughout the pandemic, it has been the Youth Group which has kept the energy going at OLT, and I want to thank the Youth Group committee for their amazing commitment to this program.
In the meantime, I wish to offer you on behalf of the myself and the Board of Directors our wishes for a very Happy New year with our wishes to see you back at 62 Russett in the not too distant future(fingers crossed).
Michael Schneider, President