Hello everyone. It’s Dan Danielowski from Timber Lake Playhouse. I hope this finds you and your family safe and in good health. Like many of you, I am missing our Theatre in the Woods. At this time of the year, the theatre grounds would be bustling with activity. We’d be in rehearsal for our opening show, and busily planning for VIP night. Instead, the campus is quiet. Sets aren’t being built, music isn’t being rehearsed – none of the activities that we love to see and hear are happening around the theatre. But, we are all working hard to have everything ready when we can safely return to the playhouse.
I come to you today with a sad, but hopeful announcement. Due to the virus that is affecting us all so acutely, we will have to further postpone our opening and move some of our shows planned for this summer to another time. If all goes well, we will be opening later in the summer.
Reducing our (shortening our season) has a profound financial impact on our theatre. Ticket sales account for 70% of our income, and now with no productions in May, June and July, our income to sustain through these closures is greatly reduced. Of course, we have greatly reduced all of our expenses, put large projects on hold, and are working on additional revenue making projects.
This week, we have announced our online Education Program including workshops, lessons, panel discussions and webinars. We are also putting together a concert performance that will be streamed live to our patrons. Registration for the educational offerings and tickets to the concert will be available soon on our website. Of course, contributions to the theatre are always welcomed and would be extremely helpful at this time.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide TLP content on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. In addition to videos of our new company and snippets from seasons past, keep watching our TLP Live show on Sunday nights and other special offerings in the near future.
The internet will never replace the feeling of being in the theatre, or meeting with our friends for a night out at TLP, but it’s all we have right now. I look forward to the day that we can meet again at the playhouse and enjoy our Theatre in the Woods.