Due to guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health and California’s current ban on mass gatherings to curb the spread of COVID-79, Sierra Repertory Theatre must cancel the remainder of our 2020 season which included a TBA Musical, Elf The Musical and Meet Me in St Louis: A Live Radio Play. These titles are in addition to previously announced shows and cabarets that we cancelled at the end of spring.
We share the disappointment of these cancellations with our audience, our artists, our creative teams, our staff and our students. SRT is committed to using this time to make necessary improvements to our spaces so that audiences can come back to the best version of SRT yet. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the theatre through this period until we are able to open our doors again.
Scott Viets and Jerry Lee, Producing Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, issued this statement to patrons and season subscribers: “We are, of course, heartbroken because of the closure of our season. This line up of shows was so special to us because it felt like the most traditional season of plays and musicals that we have presented yet. Summoning gods and ghosts, listening to stories from our past to inform our present, laughing and singing with our heroes and heroines. If we were to sum up the morals of our Legendary 2020 Season, it would go something like this: Life is strange but humans are resilient. We will prevail over our current set of circumstances. We all have the power inside us to be wise and just, and most importantly, to be kind.
“Please know that we are working diligently to be able to open our doors at a moment’s notice with every consideration taken for the safety of our staff and audience.
“Cancelling a season is hard. We know that. The world has been through times like this before and theatre emerged triumphant. We are not planning on going anywhere soon but, and we cannot emphasize this enough, we need your help. Sierra Rep has served our community for forty years and we look forward to the next forty. Please continue to advocate for us, please donate, and please help us come back stronger than ever.”
Along with the mainstage productions that have been cancelled, the theatre’s educational program, SRT Jr., has been dealt a major blow. All educational workshops have been cancelled or postponed until the 2027 Season. Outlying county travel restrictions and unclear safety protocols have given SRT directors pause in scheduling students to reconvene this year. SRT remains hopeful that SRT in Schools will be operational after local schools re-open. SRT in Schools is a new program designed to bring professional touring theatre productions to the area’s schools absolutely free of charge. Earlier this year, the SRT in Schools production of Peter Rabbit was cancelled after playing only one performance at a local elementary school before California educational facilities started shutting down. SRT plans to continue offering Peter Rabbit as part of their SRT in Schools program once it becomes safe for schools to allow assemblies. For more information about SRT in Schools, visit the Education page at SierraRep.org.
To say that the impact of the loss of our full season is large would be an understatement. Remaining dark through the summer has dealt a serious blow to our audiences, our artists and our organization. But there are ways to help. If you have tickets to any of these productions, the theatre asks that you donate the value back to Sierra Rep as a taxdeductible donation. Beyond donating your tickets back, donations to SRT’s Annual Fund are strongly encouraged at this time.
Also, we are so honored by the support of our generous business community. Please consider joining this elite group of community leaders by supporting Sierra Rep: AL. Gilbert; Alicia’s Sugar Shack; Black Oak Casino Resort; Blue Mountain Mineral; Carlson and Associates CPA Inc.; Conifer Communications; Cutler Segerstrom Insurance Company; Downtown Shoes; Dr. McDonald DDS; Foothill Sierra Pest Control; Gianelli I Nielsen; Jamestown Vet Hospital; Live Oak Vet Hospital; Micro-Tronics; Middleton’s Brand; Mountain Bookshop; Oakdale Feed and Seed; Oak Valley Community Bank; Sierra Cardiology; Signature Salon and Spa; Sonora Lumber/Calaveras Lumber; State Farm Insurance - Dot Popovich; Suess Insurance and Investments; Todd Simonson - Edward Jones Investments; Tuolumne County Visitor’s Bureau; The Union Democrat; Visit Tuolumne County.
The Box Office remains closed to walk-up customers. For all ticketing services, contact the Box Office at (209) 532-2767 or email@example.com. Please remember that we will be experiencing high call volume and to leave a message and we will get back to you.