Were this a normal July you would already have received a brochure describing the shows BTE would be offering for our 43rd season of compelling live theatre.
Alas, this is not a normal July for reasons we all know.
I am writing to let you know that Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will not resume public production of live theatre until at least January 2021.
As have many other performing arts organizations in the United States, we have carefully reviewed what is now known about the safety of indoor public performance while the threat of COVID-19 remains. Based on that review, we have decided that it would be irresponsible for BTE to resume production and performances this fall.
As of today, it is our intention to present a play, circumstances permitting, in mid-January. The show we have in mind is a popular, charming, widely-produced work that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in a way that we hope will be a balm in troubled times. Because negotiations are underway, I can’t reveal the title just yet. Look for a detailed announcement about our 2021 plans sometime before Thanksgiving.
Please be assured that we will not be inviting patrons back to the Alvina Krause Theatre until we are confident that we can do so in a way that mitigates risk in accord with the best advice from public health experts.
If, in January, it is not possible to present a show in a way that ensures a reasonable degree of safety for our artists and audience, we won’t do so.
Finally, let me say how much all of us at BTE miss all of our patrons.
We are all very much looking forward to getting back to the business of making live theatre and re-engaging our audience in the creative dialogue we began in 1978. Thank you for your continued interest and support.
See you in January!
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble