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A Note From Our AD & ED

To our M&D Family:

It has certainly been quite a challenging few weeks. Our lives have been completely upended. At its heart, theatre is a collective experience. We are committed to finding new ways to strengthen our connections and community, even though we are unable to gather in the same physical space. Now more than ever, the power of theatre to heal is needed.

While the remainder of our 2020 season is still in flux, it’s nevertheless our 20th anniversary season, and there’s yet much to celebrate. As the current situation seems to change daily, we have to remain fluid in the decisions we make with the remainder of our season.

Over the next several weeks, we look forward to staying in touch with you regarding our season, and what the future will hold. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our web-site and social media platforms to share your favorite M&D experiences, revisit moments from M&D’s 20 years of bringing award-winning theatre to the valley, and connecting with fellow artists and theatre family members.

Theatre has endured for centuries because of its potential for transformation and reinvention. It enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts.

As we forge a path forward, your collaboration will be an integral part to the future of M&D.

Warmly,

Mark Sickler                   Deborah Jasien
Artistic Director              Executive Director

Matilda Cancellation and Other M&D Updates

Dear Friends, 

As you are aware, with each week comes new challenges surrounding COVID-19. We have been staying abreast of the situation to make the best decisions possible for our patrons, our organization, and our community during this difficult time. 

To continue to ensure your safety, we are adhering to the CDC’s recommendation to not congregate in large groups by taking the following precautions: 

  • Our board of directors has made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming production of “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.” We are looking into possible dates for rescheduling and will be in contact with you once we have a more concrete answer. If you are a current ticket holder, please email info@mdplayhouse.com to let us know if you’d like us to hold onto your ticket order and transfer it to the new dates once they are available. 
  • Additionally, our board has made the decision to cancel “The Smell of the Kill” in April. If you have already purchased tickets for this production, we will work with you to transfer your tickets to another production. Though our policy normally states that we do not offer refunds, we will honor a refund in the result of a cancellation for situations beyond our control. Should you not want to transfer your tickets to a different production, please email info@mdplayhouse.com to discuss your options. 
  • We plan to hold auditions for “Clue: On Stage,” as scheduled, for Sunday, April 5th and Monday, April 6th. However, we ask that you contact the director Ken Martin to schedule a one-on-one audition slot to maintain CDC protocol of limited interactions and social distancing. Ken can be reached by calling (603) 733-9530 or by emailing kenmartin63@msn.com

Like many businesses in this community and nation-wide, the loss of performances means missed revenue for our organization. Should you be financially-able to donate your ticket purchase as a tax-deductible donation, we would truly appreciate your consideration. 

Though we may be dark for a while, our curtain will rise again, and we will remain in touch with you to keep you aware of any changes. 

Thank you, kindly. 

M&D Playhouse Board of Directors

Precautions Against COVID-19

Dear patrons, 

With the ongoing public health concern regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to inform you of the precautions we are taking during your visit with us. We intend to maintain our 2020 season schedule and continue to provide you high-quality, award-winning live theatre, with our next production of Matilda the Musical opening on Thursday, March 26th. 

To help keep the spread of germs low, we will be adhering to the following for the foreseeable future: 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available inside the Playhouse lobby, restrooms, and our bar.
  • All box office personnel, ushers, and bar volunteers will wear gloves, which shall be disposed of property at the end of each use. We encourage you to utilize paperless tickets through your smartphone and/or to print your tickets at home.
  • Though we usually request that you return your playbills so as to discourage waste, we ask that you either keep your playbill or throw it away after use.
  • Before and after each performance, we will disinfect seats and armrests in the Playhouse auditorium. We will also disinfect stair railings, door knobs and handles, bathroom surfaces, and lobby fixtures inside the building. 
  • We ask all patrons, as well as our volunteers, actors and production team members, to take the standard precautions, including frequent and thorough hand washing to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. We encourage good hygiene practices such as covering your cough with your elbow or a tissue. Additional information on prevention measures can be found on the CDC website here

At present, we are happy to work with ticket holders who cannot attend or feel uncomfortable attending their designated performance. Upon request, we will offer ticket exchanges for a future performance during our current season that extends through December 2020. Please contact us via email at boxoffice2760@gmail.com.  

We thank all of our patrons and supporters for their understanding as we continue to take precautions and reevaluate this constantly changing situation. If you have specific concerns, please email info@mdplayhouse.com or call us at (603) 733-5275.