April 2, 2020, 4:00 PM UPDATE
STATEMENT FROM SUSANNA GELLERT
Spring at Weston Playhouse Theatre is usually a time of exciting preparation as we get ready for the arrival of over 100 artists and theatre makers. Of course, this spring is very different. It has forced us to re-imagine our world and our theatre season.
Covid-19 has affected us all in real and profound ways. The mandated guidelines necessary for keeping us safe and healthy have a deep impact on our theatre company and our role as a community arts center. Together with the Board of Directors, I have spent the past three weeks carefully considering the implications of the virus on our theatre and our community.
There are no simple answers. We have had to come to grips with what this means for our summer season of plays and musicals. In this time of uncertainty, we have made some important decisions. We make these decisions with the safety of our patrons and our community foremost in our minds, and with a real concern for the well-being of our full-time staff and the dozens of artists who come to Weston to create our summer season. Of utmost consideration is the imperative to ensure the future of Weston Playhouse Theatre as a vital part of this community, as a cherished home for artists and audiences, and as a valued contributor to theatre in America.
To this end, we will be canceling all scheduled productions at Weston Playhouse and at Walker Farm. We plan to produce our three Playhouse shows—Ring of Fire, Kinky Boots, and Steel Magnolias—next year.
Now we will re-imagine our 2020 season.
We will continue to work toward the day when we can all be together again at the theatre. When the threat of Covid-19 recedes, we will open our doors just as soon as possible. Our team is busy working on a variety of dynamic projects that will bring us together for exciting and joyful entertainment. These include readings of brand-new musicals and plays, concerts, and events featuring Weston favorites. As soon as the opportunity arises, we will gather at Walker Farm to celebrate our theatre’s lasting ability to sustain us and bring us together even in the most difficult times.
For 84 years, Weston Playhouse Theatre has flourished as a home for exceptional theatre in an exceptional community. Born during the Great Depression, it has withstood floods, fires, times of war, and hurricanes. We will get through this, too, and when it is over we will come together to share the beauty of live performance in our wonderful town. Stay tuned for future announcements about the exciting projects that will make up our re-imagined 2020 season. We look forward to seeing you in Weston as soon as we can.
If you are able, a donation to the theatre will help support the 2020 reimagination effort during these uncertain times. Click here to donate.
March 11, 2020 UPDATE
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company takes your health seriously. Please see below for important information regarding the Coronavirus and the additional precautions we are taking to ensure your well-being at our upcoming events. If you have any questions, please contact our Administrative Office at 802-824-8167 x101 or reach out via email.
Steps We Are Taking to Keep You Healthy
Patrons who aren't feeling well should stay home, rest, and attend a different performance. We are offering free ticket exchanges or full refunds for any patrons who are feeling sick or want to protect their own health. Please call Jenna at 802-824-8167 x112 for processing.
We are also working to combat the spread of germs by:
Disinfecting all surfaces in the lobby and theatre before and after all events
Disinfecting all hand rails, door handles, and chair arms before and after each event
Stocking the facility with soaps, hand sanitizers, and tissues.
**Note: The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.
Staff will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and adjust according to recommendations by the CDC and local governments. We will distribute relevant future information as quickly as possible. Please check back here for updates on cancellations and further information.
What you can do to help
The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).