Covid-19

An Important Video Announcement
from our Executive Staff
regarding Covid-19 …

 

5/18/2020

“These past few months have been a very difficult time for all of us as we navigate the challenges of Covid-19 and its impact on the state of our health and economy. Unfortunately, the Board of Trustees and Executive Staff have come to the same conclusion as so many other theatres here in NH and throughout the country. Jean’s Playhouse will not be able to produce its 2020 summer season as planned, and will be postponing the season until 2021. For those who have subscriptions, you will have the option of turning your subscription into a receipted donation, transferring it over to next year, or getting a full refund. Look for an email in the coming weeks.

This was not an easy decision and it came down to two basic realities: One is that we cannot risk the health of our patrons, volunteers, and North Country community. Nor can we gather more than 60 actors, musicians, directors, designers, and production staff from all over the country without guaranteeing their health. Second, we cannot ignore the financial implications of moving forward with the expenses of a summer season that may only bring in half of the projected income, or possibly less, because of what we understand will be the limitations of phased opening.

This past Fall, we were able to make many substantial changes to our model, including successfully ending our long-time building debt thanks to the hard work of many, and the generous support of the Bruce G. Alexander Trust. This could not have happened at a better time, and because of it, Jean’s Playhouse will be able to re-emerge successfully when this is all over, but your support is key. We understand that our donor and patron base is dealing with their own struggles. But if you can, please help Jean’s get back on top with a donation to the annual fund. We lost $25,000 in spring ticket sales along with a heavy decline in donations and business sponsorships. If you are able to help, we greatly appreciate donations of any size.

Our 2020 summer season was shaping up to be one of the best yet, featuring great shows including MAMMA MIA and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. While we are all disappointed about the cancellation, the good news is you already know that next summer will be a phenomenal season! In the meantime, we will take things one day at a time as we assess whether or not we might be able to present entertainment in the Fall or even a few small acts in August. Keep an eye on our website, social media, and e-blasts for updates.

We will all get through this. It is a tough time, but the arts have a way of prevailing, and we know we can make it through with your help and the support of some of our familiar and loyal guest artists. We wish the best to you and your loved ones. We hope to see you soon.”

Best wishes,

Joel Mercier, Producing Artistic Director
Lyn Osborne Winter, Managing Director

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Canceled Events:

  • Taste of Jean’s Dinner & a Show Fundraiser (April 16)
  • The Blues Project, featuring Jon Butcher (May 23)
  • Greg Boggis Memorial Day Boston Comedy Trio (May 24)
  • StageSetter’s Youth Production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (May 29 – 31)
  • Spring Fundraising Auction & Gala (June 6)
  • Comedian Juston McKinney (July 3)
  • IMPACT Children’s Touring Theatre (July 6 – August 14)
  • Nunsense A-Men! (July 9 – 11, 22, 24, 29, August 15 & 22)
  • Mamma Mia! (July 22 – August 1)
  • Broadway Bound Youth Summer Camp (August 3 – 15)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (August 6 – 15)
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes (August 20 – 29)
  • Deathtrap (September 3 – 12)

Current Scheduled Fall Events Still TBD:

Please check back soon for updates on currently scheduled events as well as new events that may be added, pending federal / state regulations and in consideration of health and economic risks. As always, thank you for your continued support of Jean’s Playhouse. We hope to see you soon!

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