A Fall 2020 Update from Terri Kent and Porthouse Theatre
October November 1, 2020
Dear Porthouse Friends and Family,
I wish I was greeting you from the stage at the theatre rather than in a letter. Unfortunately, we are at the whim of this virus, and at the mercy of our great scientists as they search for a safe and effective vaccine. I wanted to reach out and give you an update.
All we know for sure is that nothing is “certain”. You may have heard that Broadway has extended its closure through the end of May 2021. Well, we have a few things that Broadway does not.
1. We have an OUTDOOR theatre.
2. That theatre is equipped with large fans to keep the air circulating.
That’s the good news. However, there are many more factors at play. For example, housing is one of our major expenses over the summer. We house many of our artists and employees. If we are mandated to provide private apartments for each company member, that will create a sharp increase in expenditures. We might need to opt for a smaller company. If Actors’ Equity Association, the union for actors and stage managers, places a restriction on the number of people permitted in a dressing room to say 3-4, we wouldn’t be able to do a large cast musical like West Side Story. We also have to consider the orchestrations for the musicals. We know that woodwind and brass instruments expel excess droplets into the air and our backstage space is very tight. This might force us to look at shows that only require piano, or a small band combo. And these are just a few of the things we have to consider.
My Father taught me that, “You are only as good as your word." That is why I can’t promise you what next season will look like or when we will be able to send out information about subscription renewals. I hope that we can do the same season we planned for 2020 but we won’t know until later in the year. I hope that we can do the same seasons we planned for 2020, but we won’t know until later in the year. What I can promise you is:
- We are doing the best we can.
- We are committed to bringing you the highest quality summer theatre in the area.
- We miss you terribly.
- We will get through this!
Remember that our work is not complete until it is shared with an audience. You complete our work and you complete the Porthouse family. Stay safe and healthy.
With Porthouse love,