QCT 2020 Season Changes and Updates
Quincy Community Theatre has announced it will postpone the 2020 season which was set to feature Chicago, Calendar Girls, Edward Tulane, Legally Blonde, The Trip to Bountiful, Junie B. Jones, and Beauty and the Beast.
“We set out this year to deliver a season of huge productions, large casts, sold-out audiences, increased volunteer involvement, and unique, live theatre experiences,” said Executive Director Sara Reuschel. “We want to present this season to the fullest, and with the current projections of this pandemic’s effect on large-scale gatherings, we see that our original plans will need to change. To ensure we are able to deliver the season as we intended, we have made the decision to transfer the 2020 season to 2021.”
Season ticket holders and those with tickets for Chicago will be contacted by QCT via email and/or phone to discuss options for their tickets. Among the options presented will be a request to donate the value of the ticket to the theatre’s newly established Ghost Light Campaign. Ticket sales account for more than 60% of the organization’s annual revenue. A change of this magnitude has significant ramifications to the budget. The board of directors is diligently working to secure the organization’s financial security and has already made difficult decisions which include staff furloughs.
“This community has historically provided a great deal of support for QCT,” says Board President Nora Baldner. “Like a ghost light energizes and fills an empty stage, we are confident the community will provide light in these challenging times.”
Since the initial “stay at home” order was put into place in late March, QCT has provided virtual offerings through the #QCTatHome initiative on its social media channels. Additional performance and education opportunities are under development and include a Virtual Playwriting class which culminates with a Virtual Playwrights Festival.
“While it may look different than what we are used to, we are proud to continue the work to fulfill our mission to offer and perpetuate quality theatre entertainment and education in the performing arts through community participation,” added Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen.
For more information on the Ghost Light Campaign, please visit www.1qct.org/ghostlight.