Dearest SVST Friends and Patrons,
We have come to the heartbreaking conclusion that our 2020 season cannot go on as planned. As always, the health and safety of our artists, patrons (including 50-60% seniors in the at-risk community), staff and volunteers have to be our first priority. This decision has weighed heavily and will impact our artistic, business, and community as a whole on many levels. Due to the world pandemic and response from Governor Inslee regarding COVID-19, there are unfortunately no further options for us at this time. (Our venue, CVHS, will not be open in June and after that is undetermined.) With the implementation of the four-phase plan to re-open Washington State, theatres are unable to open until phase four and then with social distancing guidelines in place. Given the phases will most likely be in three-week increments, we will sadly need to postpone the entire 2020 season to 2021.
Your safety and the community we serve are always first, and when we can gather in theatres safely again …we will. We firmly believe the arts will be instrumental in the healing and coming together again for all of us to uplift, entertain, enrich and inspire. We want to thank you for your patronage which enables us to bring live theatre to our Inland Northwest community.
If you purchased a season or individual tickets for the 2020 season, we have moved your tickets to the corresponding performance for 2021. (For example, if you had tickets for “Little House” for the first Sun matinee, we will move your tickets to the first Sun matinee in 2021.) Of course, you are always welcome to move your tickets via your online SVST account or we will assist you (all with no additional charges ). Please feel free to email us at email@example.com or call our Box Office 509-368-7897.
If you are unable to accept the transfer of your tickets to the performances in 2021, we encourage you to choose one of the following:
● Vouchers to a 2020 - 2021 SVST special event
● Generously offering your ticket expense or registration as a tax-deductible 501c3 donation to SVST (including a letter signifying your donation from SVST)
● Giving your tickets as a gift to a friend, family or community member
● Providing a 2020/2021 scholarship to a student/family in need of financial assistance to send their child to camp
On a positive note, we have moved most of our summer camps to August. There will be multiple camp offerings the weeks of August 3, 10 and 17 for grades 2-12. Updated Camp information on our website: click here for more info or to register for camp!
We’re hoping to produce a Special SVST in Concert fundraiser (with performances from all three 2021 shows, past productions and future prospects) later this summer. Depending upon the development of the stay at home order and phases, we will wait on this announcement until as late as Monday, July 20. We are tentatively working on the weekends of August 14–16 and 21–23 for the SVST in Concert performances.
Theatres throughout the country will need assistance to remain operational and to re-open, not the least of which right here in the Inland Northwest. There are significant pre-production and ongoing company expenses we are unable to recover or re-allocate in preparation for the 2020 season. Donations at this time are greatly appreciated for general operational support as we bridge our current season to 2021. Click here to donate.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to SVST and our arts community. Thank you for your patience and understanding through this challenging and unprecedented time. Stay safe and healthy! We are all in this together and SVST will continue to be a beacon of hope for many generations to come!
With gratitude and light always,
Yvonne and the SVST Team
Yvonne A.K. Johnson
Executive Artistic Director
Spokane Valley Summer Theatre