Important Update from the WPH Board of Directors 

May 26, 2020

Thank you for your continued support of the Whidbey Playhouse, especially during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate from the Governor. As you know we had to cancel the rest of the 2019-2020 season which meant our wonderful actors, directors, set-builders and other production volunteers were not able to bring to the stage, “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” and “Clue: The Musical”.

While the Playhouse has been closed to the public, the board of directors along with the committee chairs, our temporary Office Manager and Marketing Manager, have been working on plans for the 2020-2021 season; virtual educational opportunities for our youth and adults; addressing fiscal challenges related to the canceling of the remainder of the 2019-2020 season and much more.

Today, May 23, 2020 it was announced that Island County is in Phase 2 of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate and while that allows for some businesses to reopen, the Playhouse will remain closed to the public. When the board of directors, committee chairs and staff believe it is safe to open and we can follow all sanitization and social distancing guidelines, we will do so. Until then we wanted to provide you with an update regarding the 2020-2021 season and season ticket sales.

2020-2021 Season

The next season will start in January, 2021. The decision was made to shorten the season for the following reasons:

  • The uncertainty of when the Playhouse could fully open to the public.

  • When we can open, would we be required to limit our capacity in the theater, thus negatively impacting revenue from the productions while the expense for each production would remain the same.

  • Would the public feel safe in attending a production at the Playhouse even if we advertise the sanitization and social distancing protocols we would be following?

Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball and while we can hope that everyone would support the Playhouse and attend all of the shows, the reality is we just don’t know. Especially as we hear about other events in Western Washington being cancelled that were due to be held in September and October.

We have three shows for the next season and we are awaiting approval of the royalty rights before we announce the season. This has been a challenge primarily because our partners are on limited work schedules as well.

Season Ticket Sales for the 2020-2021 Season

Once we receive approval for the shows and dates for the 2020-2021 season, we will open up the sales for season tickets, following the same protocols as we have done in the past. We will be reducing the season ticket package price and updating the discount code for our 2019-2020 season ticket holders due to the cancellation of the final two shows of the season.

Again we thank you for your continued support and know that we miss seeing you all at the Playhouse. We will get through this together and we look forward to seeing you when it is safe to gather. If you have any questions or concerns please direct them to any member of the board of directors using their contact emails listed below.

Sincerely,

 

Allenda Jenkins, President

ayjjenkins@msn.com

Jaime Montoya, Treasurer

jmontoya3277@gmail.com

Mary Waters, Secretary

marypalmer642@gmail.com

Stephanie Smith, Board Member at Large

Stephaniesmith1315@gmail.com

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF 3/23/2020

While this notice is lengthy we encourage you to read through it in its entirety for important information regarding the Whidbey Playhouse’s actions regarding COVID -19.

We are reaching out to all of you with an update and will continue to do so as the days and weeks move forward. In this time of uncertainty, we have an obligation to keep our patrons, volunteers, staff, donors, and community members in the know as we adapt to our changing realities. 

 

We want to assure you that we are working tirelessly on ways the Whidbey Playhouse can continue to serve the community while keeping everyone safe. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our community members, beginning with our staff and volunteers. Following the recommendations by the CDC, Governor Inslee and our public health agencies we have restricted access to our building, limited the number of essential personnel who are working on an as needed basis, and out of an abundance of caution we have decided to cancel the remaining shows and events for the 2019-20 Season. The shows are “Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” and “Clue: The Musical.”  The events are the spring session for Whidbey Players and Whidbey Has Talent. This decision was not made lightly and ultimately the safety of our staff, volunteers and patrons is our priority.

 

The Whidbey Playhouse Community Theater is facing a significant financial loss as a result of these cancellations. We ask for your help during this crisis. Please consider one of the following regarding your tickets for the cancelled shows:

 

  • Credit towards a future show.

  • Consider the cost of your ticket(s) a donation to the Whidbey Playhouse. Donor tax receipts can be provided upon request.

 

We thank you in advance for your patience as our staff work to confirm changes to our current season and schedule the next season (which is scheduled to begin in September). We ask that you hold off calling the theater until April 1st so our staff can call show patrons and season ticket holders in show calendar order. As a reminder the Whidbey Playhouse office is closed to the public until further notice. The best way to contact us is to email the Playhouse at office@whidbeyplayhouse.com.

 

Whidbey Playhouse is fortunate to have many volunteers who are, at this moment, working on leveraging digital technology to provide solutions for ongoing theater education, entertainment and chances to engage with one another. We welcome your thoughts, ideas and comments. Please watch for updates regarding this.

 

You may contact us via email and social media. If you are uncomfortable with email, please call us – we remind you that we are receiving a large volume of calls and will make every effort to respond in a timely manner. If you are a member of the media, a sponsor, or a donor who needs to speak with our Marketing Manager directly, please feel free to email her at media@whidbeyplayhouse.com

 

We thank you for your patience, encourage you to reach out to friends and family via phone, email, skype, and social media and find happy moments and pleasant memories to fill your thoughts!

 

Gratefully,

Whidbey Playhouse Board of Directors

Allenda Jenkins, President

Mary Waters, Secretary

Jaime Montoya, Treasurer

Stephanie Smith, Board Member at Large

 

Office number: (360) 679-2237

Office email: office@whidbeyplayhouse.com

Box Office: 360.679.2237  

Email us: Office@WhidbeyPlayhouse.Com

 

BOX OFFICE HOURS:                  
Tuesday to Friday 2pm - 6pm                      
     
SHOW NIGHT HOURS:

Thursday - Saturday 6:30pm - Varies

Sunday 1:30pm - Varies

WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE, INC. 

730 SE Midway Blvd. 

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Mailing Address:

PO Box 571

Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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