We understand that there is a lot of concern on the impact of COVID-19 on our community. We are analyzing how it will affect TLP’s summer season and other event at the Playhouse. Let me take a couple of minutes to share the actions we are taking during this difficult time. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees as well as our many patrons who typically interact with us during the season.
Over the past week, information surrounding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been coming in nearly non-stop. We have been reacting to the changing recommendations that have been coming from the CDC and directives from the President and the Governor of Illinois.
On March 13, following the recommendations of the CDC and President Trump, we moved all operations off site with all staff working from home. We postponed the Oh Boys! (Buddy Holly Tribute) concert and have also postponed our professional auditions in Chicago and our Local Auditions planned for March 29.
Last Friday, Governor Pritzker joined California and New York in a statewide “shelter in place” and a closure of all “non-essential businesses” through April 7. TLP was basically “closed” with last week’s decision, but now, officially, we will be closed through at least April 7 which means our Box Office will not be staffed beginning March 30 as previously announced. We will also have to quickly decide the fate of our April 18 Rosie and the Rivets concert and other April events.
So, how are we moving forward? TLP’s first priority is the safety of our employees and patrons, and we will take every measure necessary to ensure our grounds are properly sanitized and ready to go. We will also continue to follow the lead of the CDC and our state and federal government as we hope for a speedy recovery to our ‘normal’ lives. The state is looking at their decisions in two-week intervals at this point, so we’ll do the same. We are doing daily monitoring of the situation, continuing with all essential planning for the season. We sincerely hope that we will see all of you for our May events and for our June 3 opening of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Hang in there, everyone. I do believe that if we all do our part and stay in during the “shelter in place” period that we can slow the spread of the virus and get this under control. I look forward to when we can again Come for the Show, and Stay for the Experience in Our Theatre in the Woods.
Dan Danielowski – Executive Director