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May 21, 2020
This is not the letter I expected to write to you in May.
At the beginning of the year, I was excited about everything that Pentacle was doing for you, our faithful patrons: the quality plays and musicals, the improvements to our sound system and Pentacle’s healthy financial outlook. 2020 was sizing up to be a great year.
Then, as you well know, the bottom fell out. Covid-19 has turned Pentacle’s world upside down. And it has impacted our finances.
You probably already know, but to keep you safe by preventing the spread of the coronavirus and to comply with state and federal guidance we have:
- Suspended the remainder of the 2020 season.
- Postponed Rabbit Hole until 2021.
- Postponed Company until 2021.
- Cancelled She Kills Monsters.
- Suspended acting workshops until schools reopen.
As you can imagine, this is a bitter financial and emotional pill to swallow. Without COVID, we needed to raise $65,000 from individuals to meet budget. The loss of projected single-ticket income will cost Pentacle Theatre more than $100,000 – this includes the savings from cancelled and postponed productions. Even with a CARES PPP loan being forgiven, Pentacle is looking at (at minimum) a $125,000 year-end deficit.
We know this pandemic has hit some of you very hard as well. Please know that our hearts are going out to you. We understand the fear and anxiety you are experiencing. We will possibly be furloughing some of our dedicated staff for at least six weeks. It pains us.
And we also know that some of you are looking for ways to make a difference. We are committed to keeping your theater in excellent (and sanitized) condition so that when we are ready to return to “normal” – whatever that looks like – your little theater in the woods will be ready and raring to go. That, friends, does cost money.
If you are able, your financial support is critical at this time. Thank you to those of you who have already made a donation or have given us an extra gift. You are making a huge difference. For those of you who have not made a contribution, we need you. We need you now.
What would help Pentacle Theatre the most is for you to make a recurring gift. That way, we can count on a steady stream of income. We are excited to launch Pentacle’s “Sustaining Circle.” Will you be one of the 50 to join at the $50 per month level?
You and I know just how special Pentacle Theatre is. You know that theater – whether you’re on stage, backstage, or in the audience – is life giving. As the great actor, Joel Grey, recently said in the New York Times,
To non-theater lovers, lamenting the closing of Broadway in the face of so much widespread suffering may seem, at best, frivolous. But for many of us, this tragedy has been made that much more devastating by having to face the nightmare without the laughter, tears and sense of community that a night in the theater delivers.
Grey could have easily been writing about Pentacle Theatre. If this financial need is not met, it could mean a delay in getting Pentacle Theatre back up and running once the Stay in Place restrictions are lifted on entertainment venues. And, it could mean the quality of life that we have come to love about Salem will be diminished.
You can be a part of making sure Pentacle Theatre is ready to bring you the quality theater you have come to expect. We need your financial assistance. We need it now.
Please let me know if you have any questions. You are all in my thoughts as we weather this together.
President, Governing Board
P.S. It’s easy to become a member of the Sustaining Circle. Just click on the brown button above.
That’s me as Rose in our second production of Gypsy.
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