MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
The lights will be back on at many of the places you value and have missed as Durham Region moves to the next stage of the Province’s reopening plan. While the economy rebuilds in many sectors, responsible pacing still calls for a continued suspension to live theatre, and so the lights at Oshawa Little Theatre will remain dark for now.
The Board continues to navigate a path for the theatre that will ensure we remain financially stable and artistically relevant. Although performances on our stage are on hold for the foreseeable future, OLT is alive and well as we enter our third week of a refocused and refreshed summer education program. Funded largely through a Canada Summer Jobs grant, our team of instructors is taking this summer’s program in an accessible direction delivering daily programming through various online methods. Participants are following us on social media at #OLTSUMMER2020 to join in on daily workouts that rotate between movement, vocal and mental focusses. The program includes masterclass and workshop opportunities at affordable session-based rates, as well as select daily engagements (such as the workouts) that we are offering for free! An overview of the program is presented on our website.
The Board and its COVID response team remain committed to the safe and orderly re-opening of the theatre once governing restrictions are lifted. I know this team shares your eagerness for performances to return to our stage, and they certainly hear your hesitancy that this not be done in haste. The sets and costumes for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the closing show of our 2019/20 subscription commitment, remain ready-to-go at the theatre, just awaiting the opportunity for the cast and production team to safely be reassembled. While consideration of our 2020/21 season has not gone amiss, we must first determine an achievable delivery plan for the balance of our current season.
At its recent meeting, the Board has agreed to extend the current membership for all those who were paid members during the 2019/20 season. Those members will automatically have their membership recognized through to July 31, 2021. Planning for our Annual General Meeting, typically held in early-October, is also proceeding while being mindful that its structure may change. Updates on this, as with other affairs of the theatre, will be posted on our website as they occur.
I hope you and your families are healthy and well. Inquiries to the theatre, including messages to our box office and via our social media spaces, are checked frequently and updates to our business intentions will continue to be posted on our website. We remain optimistic that a future announcement will include details of a safe and respectful reopening of the theatre, and a return to those times when our theatre family can be together again.
July 20, 2020