March 13, 2020
To all of our kids, parents, families and patrons,
After much consideration, and in light of the extraordinary circumstances facing our community and organizations all over the world with regard to COVID-19, we believe it appropriate for SCP/Greasepaint to temporarily go “dark” with operations for a short period of time, starting Monday, March 16th. We will finish our current run of 13 the Musical, ending with the 2 pm show on Sunday March 15th. This will be the last show of the 19/20 season. Our fundraising gala, scheduled for March 28, will be postponed to May, with more information coming as we assess the situation during the next week. Our production of Beauty and the Beast will be moved to the 20/21 season – the show will go on.
To date, we are unaware of any reported incidents of COVID-19 infections in our Greasepaint community, but we consider it to be proactive and responsible to close for a period during these uncertain times. This is a difficult decision for any community theater to make; our funding and survival is tied directly to ticket sales for regular performances, coupled with generous donations and support from so many of you. We do hope and ask that if you have any tickets in hand for future events, that you will hold onto them rather than ask for a refund. We are heading into a period that no arts organization could possibly plan for, but you can be assured that we will return as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Savannah and I will continue to be at the theatre, working on the gala change, planning for summer and fall programming, and looking forward to the end of this crisis. We welcome any volunteers who might want to help us work on minor repairs to the theatre during this unprecedented down time. Please know that I will miss the creative energy that working with our young artists and their families brings, but I know we will persevere and will be back rehearsing and performing together again soon.
Please do take care of yourselves and each other.
All good wishes,
Artistic Director SCP/Greasepaint
SCP/Greasepaint Board of Directors