The Alvina Krause Theatre is a place of gathering, of community, of shared experience. We can’t be in our theatre right now, and we are hurting financially as a result.
The COVID-19 crisis has shut down our world in ways we never thought possible. With the cancellation of the last four shows of our 42nd season and our inability to produce shows this fall, the canceling of all educational programming, and fundraising events, we estimate that Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will suffer losses of between $130,000 and $150,000 in earned income.
As the shutdown rolled out, we adapted. Our artists made many theatre school and bedtime story videos to stream for kids. We searched our video vaults for past shows that we could offer online. We made cotton masks to help with the shortages. We have furloughed nearly everybody through the end of July to help BTE survive this financial hit. And it hurts.
While we have received some federal assistance under the CARES Act, including a $50,000 NEA grant, and we are currently pursuing other national and regional funding sources, it won’t be enough to see us through.
To help BTE survive the current crisis and come back next year, we hope that you will consider making a donation today. A gift of any size will make a significant impact toward keeping BTE in our community.
Our plan, along with many other theatres in the United States, is to be back in January 2021, although we will not open until we can offer our patrons a safe experience. The health and safety of our audience, artists, and staff remain paramount.
We hope that you and your family are staying healthy through these trying times.
Take care, and stay safe.