COVID-19 VIRUS RESPONSE UPDATE – March 16, 2020
Dear Friends and Supporters,
All of us are experiencing the ever-changing situation with the COVID-19 virus. Fountain Hills Theater continues to monitor the situation, and its impact on all who enter our theater. We continue to take rigorous measures to protect our patrons, actors, volunteers, and staff during this time. Health and safety for all remains our top priority. Due to recent updates and a State of Emergency declared by our Governor, as well as the recent decision of our local government to cancel all Town of Fountain Hills events through April 2020, Fountain Hills Theater will be canceling or postponing all upcoming public performances and events effective immediately.
We come to this decision with a heavy heart and, to be honest, with great concern for our financial survival during this un-anticipated shut-down. Fountain Hills Theater and other small businesses throughout the Valley will be facing a tough road ahead. Yes, this decision is completely contrary to the old adage “The show must go on,” and it is heart breaking. At this time, we must reach out to you again and ask for your understanding and tolerance.
If a particular production that you hold tickets for has been cancelled or postponed, we are asking that rather than issuing a refund, you would please allow us to reschedule you for another performance this season when shows resume. In this difficult time, we need to lean on our supporters for stability. You have been with us through thick and thin, and for this we are eternally grateful.
CHANGES AND UPDATES ON THE REMAINING 2020 SEASON
FOOTLIGHT FRENZY — All remaining performances will be CANCELLED
WHOWHATWHENWHYHOW! — FHYT production scheduled to open March 27th will be CANCELLED
T.A. BURROWS IN CONCERT — Scheduled for April 5th- POSTPONED – new date TBA
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET — scheduled to open April 17th – POSTPONED- tentatively rescheduled to open on June 5th, 2020 (rights pending)
A CELEBRATION OF THE YOUTH SEASON GALA — scheduled for April 18th- POSTPONED – new date TBA
ALEX GONZALEZ VEGAS REVISITED — Scheduled for April 19th- POSTPONED – new date May 10th
SUDS THE 60’s MUSICAL– Scheduled to open May 8th — no changes at this time
LES MISERABLES SCHOOL EDITION — FHYT production scheduled to open May 29th will be re-scheduled to open earlier than originally planned, on May 1, 2020 (rights pending/if the theater re-opens as planned)
If you have tickets to any of the affected performances, rest assured someone from our staff will be reaching out to you as soon as possible to outline your options. We’re prioritizing by performance date and anticipate addressing all affected programming in the next 7–10 days. We greatly appreciate your patience as our staff manages these unexpected season changes.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
2020-21 SEASON TICKETS Season Packages go on sale to the public April 7th! We have an incredible nine-show blockbuster season of shows (beginning with Disney Beauty and the Beast) starting September of 2020! This year, we have 5 different Season Package options, starting as low as $99 for 4 shows! If you would consider helping ease our predictable cash-flow crunch in the coming weeks, we’d like to offer you an additional discount on our Full 9-show Season Package (usually $265). If you purchase a full Season Pass by April 30, 2020 we will take an additional 25% off your ticket price! That’s 9 shows for only $200!! Just mention the code RELIEF FUND when you call the box office!
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There are many ways you can support Fountain Hills Theater. For more information about giving, read here.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate through this unnerving time in history. We encourage you all to remain vigilant by protecting others as well as yourselves. Please stay home if you are feeling ill, or exhibit symptoms of the virus. Always cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or tissue, and then throw the tissue away immediately after use. Remember to wash your hands often with soap and hot water and avoid touching your face, mouth, and eyes. For more information, we encourage you to go to the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.
Thank you for being a part of our Fountain Hills Theater family! We hope to return to making theater for our dedicated Valley audiences soon. Please stay tuned here on our website for updates!
Please feel free to contact us by phone at 480-837-9661 x3, or Email us.
Michael Wallot, Executive Director
The Fountain Hills Theater Board of Directors and the Staff of Fountain Hills Theater, Inc.