Response to COVID19

March 26, 2020 Update

Tonight would have been the first preview performance for These Mortal Hosts. Our filmmaker-angel Andy Kirshner is working hard to edit the film of the show we made last weekend. Post production involves editing shots from two different runs and selected scenes filmed separately, color correcting, adjusting sound throughout between the two boom mics and three personal mics, and adding things like credits and music and such. It’s a HUGE job. And it’s not something that was built into the schedule to begin with, obviously. So it will take just a little longer before we are able to sell virtual tickets to watch the finished product. We promise we will update with all the information and instructions as soon as it is ready. Thanks for your patience!

Sent to ticket holders on March 19, 2020

Dear Williamston Theatre Patrons:

Thank you for your continued support of the Williamston Theatre. As you well know, we are now experiencing an unprecedented public health crisis in Michigan and, indeed, the world. Per the executive order from the State of Michigan, the Williamston Theatre has cancelled its scheduled performances of These Mortal Hosts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

We are working on making a video of the production that would be available for a one-time viewing to ticket holders via a secure streaming site, which you will be able to view at home. We will know more details about this next week.  If you prefer to not use your ticket for a one-time viewing of the performance on video streamed in your home, we ask that you consider a couple of other options that will help us out in this time of uncertainty.  We can either issue you a Gift Certificate for the amount of your purchase or convert your purchase to a donation. Or, if you prefer, we will offer a full refund of your ticket purchase.

Thank you for helping us in our time of need. We look forward to seeing you at the Theatre as soon as is possible.

Sincerely,

John, Tony, Chris and Emily

Announced to patrons on March 17, 2020

Dear Williamston Theatre Patrons:

Thank you for your continued support of the Williamston Theatre. As you well know, we are now experiencing an unprecedented public health crisis in Michigan and, indeed, the world.  

Our first priority is the health and wellbeing of our patrons and our WT team. Per the executive order from the State of Michigan, the Williamston Theatre is cancelling its scheduled performances of These Mortal Hosts to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We hope that everyone in the community continues to encourage social distancing in order to assist in flattening the curve of this outbreak.

We are very disappointed to have to cancel our production of These Mortal Hosts. Our staff and actors spent months preparing the show for you, and we know you were looking forward to seeing this production come to life on the stage. Good news! For a limited time, you will be able to watch the production in your own home.

Because of our commitment to you, we are taping a performance and will be sending a password protected link to current ticket holders and those who’d like to purchase the opportunity to view These Mortal Hosts. More information will be forthcoming about purchasing. Director Paige Conway, Artistic Director Tony Caselli, and Executive Director John Lepard will have a close hand in bringing the production to life on the screen. The production will be filmed and completed in the coming weeks, and then we can share it with ticket holders. We don’t want you to miss this show, which is uniquely appropriate at this time in history.

As a non-profit organization, which employs many talented staff members and artists, we ask that you support the Williamston Theatre in any way you can at this time. Their livelihood is at risk. Since ticket sales only cover 50% of our operating costs, please consider making a contribution here. Your help allows us to take care of our employees so that the Theatre can continue to serve you after this crisis is over.

Thank you for helping us in our time of need. We must all rally to get through this pandemic and continue sharing stories. We look forward to sharing These Mortal Hosts with you soon. And we’ll see you at the Theatre as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

John, Tony, Chris and Emily