2020 Season Update – July 14, 2020
Dear Keystone Theatrics Friends, Supporters, and Patrons,
After continued conversation, deliberation, and evaluation of many factors, the Keystone Theatrics Board of Directors, in conjunction with our Executive Director, has made the difficult decision of postponing all productions through the end of 2020. As we are sure you will share, this is a disappointing decision, but one that we feel is the right one for the safety and welfare of our audience, performers, staff, musicians, and volunteers, the financial sustainability of the organization, and the uncertainty of indoor gatherings and the ongoing pandemic.
All current Mainstage productions have been rescheduled, and more information about those dates and times are available on the specific show pages. It is our hope that we will be able to reopen in full force in spring of 2021, but we will continue to monitor the situation and update our plans accordingly. We are currently holding off on making decisions about dates for Frost/Nixon and The Producers. We will make those decisions at a later time. We will also make decisions about rescheduling Family Series productions of Rainbow Fish and Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We’re in a Play!’. They will be rescheduled, not cancelled. We will also be looking at alternative programming options, including the hopeful return of small, outdoor cabarets and virtual programming/offerings. We will keep you updated as these plans develop.
For more information, we encourage you to read the FAQs below. If they do not answer your specific questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Box Office at (717) 462-4401. The Box Office will be reopening on Saturdays only from 10 AM to 1 PM starting Saturday, July 18.
We thank you in advance for your kindness, understanding, and flexibility. Going a year without seeing all of our beloved stakeholders is heartbreaking, and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support. We will be reaching out soon about ways you can help support Keystone Theatrics in the months to come. We can’t do any of this without you, and we will be counting down the days until we can be together again!
Do I need to do anything if I already purchased tickets?
You do not. If you already purchased tickets, they will be automatically transferred to the new date. Those new dates are available on the individual show pages on our website.
What if the new date of the show doesn’t work for me?
If the new show date does not work for you, you have a few options. As always, you are able to exchange your tickets for another date for the same performance or for a new production altogether. Per our ticket policy, because no shows are being cancelled, just postponed, refunds are not available. We will gladly exchange your tickets or credit your account for a future production.
Other theaters are reopening. Why aren’t you?
Every theater has a different set of circumstances, a different layout/setup, and different variables to consider. We ask that you be kind, considerate, and respectful of those different circumstances and supportive of all the amazing theatrical organizations in the central Pennsylvania area.
From a health and safety standpoint, the risks associated with bringing groups of people together into an indoor space are evident. For Keystone Theatrics specifically, we do not feel that we can make the necessary accommodations and distancing measures for our cast and staff on or offstage. Our offstage space is small, the dressing room areas have one small staircase leading up and down, and the dressing rooms themselves are in close quarters. Being as transparent as possible, with our physical layout, we do not feel we can do the required distancing measures in a way that is both safe and financially feasible. It is true that 50% of our capacity would still be around 120 seats, however, that does not take 6 feet of distancing into account. To do that, that would mean seating every fourth row, with only 6 to 8 seats in each of those rows depending on the makeup of the groups or people attending. That equates to approximately 48 to 64 audience members per show. The costs associated with putting on a production are pretty much the same regardless of audience size, so we do not feel that financially it is a viable option for the longevity of the group.
Will there be any Keystone Theatrics programming this year?
As mentioned above, we are working on and exploring all options. We are hopeful that we will be able to provide live entertainment during weekend evening dinner hours outside on the Terrace at Allenberry. We are also exploring the possibility of a dinner theatre Christmas show option utilizing Allenberry’s large banquet room. We will keep you posted as these plans develop.
How can I help Keystone Theatrics?
We know these are difficult times for everyone, and we truly appreciate any support you are able to give. You can support us by making a donation at http://keystonetheatrics.com/support-us/, you can purchase tickets to 2021 productions (those tickets will be on sale soon), or you can purchase a gift certificate at https://tinyurl.com/yaawkznv.