When will you reopen?
Our timeline for reopening will develop in consort with recommendations from the CDC and in accordance with local and federal guidelines. At this time, we cannot project the date when we will be able to gather again in groups.
What do you mean by "reimagined season"?
We believe that the theatre is as important as ever and we know that art sustains us even in the hardest times. Therefore, we will work toward the day when we can all be together again at the theatre. Weston is committed to sustaining our artists, to supporting new play and musical development, and to ensuring that artists and audiences gather together to experience great theatre for generations to come. These commitments form the basis of our reimagined season.
We are developing numerous projects that include new play and musical commissions, live events featuring Weston artists, online and direct mail activities, collaborations with other regional arts and business partners, and opportunities to engage with Weston leadership.
What can I do to help?
Ticket sales account for 40% of our operating expenses and we will need your support to make up for those lost revenues. We will also need donations to allow us to fulfill the artistic goals of our reimagined season. We know that this is a challenging time for everyone, but anything you can do now will help us weather the storm and bring us that much closer to the moment when we can be together again at the theatre.
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What are you doing to help those whose livelihoods rely on the theatre?
Every artist who has made Weston their home in recent years is currently unemployed: at present, there are practically no theatres open in the US (or in most of the world). As we create our reimagined season, we believe it is imperative that that we pay our artists and do not ask them to donate their time and energy to the theatre. Though not our sole purpose, by creating the online and in-person projects of our reimagined season we will be supporting many of the artists who mean so much to us all.
For our nearest community—the local businesses and partners whose livelihoods will be impacted by the loss of the summer theatre season—our goal is to open our doors and assist in bringing commerce back to our region as soon as safety protocols allow. In the meantime, we are looking to create partnerships with area business to help connect our members with these much-loved stores and restaurants.
Can we expect to see online programming from Weston?
Yes! We have already presented a YoCo online Cabaret and have been working with Northshire Bookstore in Manchester to present “First Page Fridays,” in which Weston actors offer a sneak-peek into the first page of Northshire's "Staff Pick" books. We are devising and preparing other online productions and events that will keep our artists and our audiences engaged with Weston and each other.
Will we have a chance to see the 2020 shows in the future?
We will not be doing any full productions this summer. Ring of Fire, Kinky Boots, and Steel Magnolias will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021. We will be announcing the 2021 Walker Farm shows later this year. It has not yet been determined whether or not the 2020 Walker Farm shows will be a part of the 2021 season.