AN IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM
updated as of: April 6, 2020
In the early stages of Toronto’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we were hopeful that some portion of our remaining 2019/20 season would be able to proceed. It is now evident that this will not be the case. The health and safety of our patrons, casts, crews, and volunteers is of primary importance and we therefore must cancel all further performances through the end of the season.
Scarborough Theatre Guild
Due to the current public health developments, and in compliance with the City of Toronto’s extended closure of city facilities, Scarborough Theatre Guild has decided to move its production of A RED PLAID SHIRT to its September time slot. The Performance dates will be Friday, September 11 through Saturday, September 26, 2020.
The production of INNOCENCE LOST, a PLAY about STEVEN TRUSCOTT, by Beverley Cooper, originally scheduled for June-July, and the production of JAKE’S WOMEN, by Neil Simon, which was to be our season opener this September will both be postponed to the 2021-2022 season.
Scarborough Players reluctantly cancelled the remaining performances of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE from March 14-21, 2020. We had hoped that if the curve of this pandemic flattened, that we might be able to remount PRIDE AND PREJUDICE later in the season but that does not seem likely now at all. We are not sure when we will have access to the theatre as The City of Toronto has now cancelled permits until June 30, 2020.
As a result of the City’s decision, Scarborough Players has also made the difficult decision to cancel our May/June production of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR. Also the director, cast and team have not been able to rehearse since mid-March and there was no way for them to continue to do so safely. Our plan is to schedule it in another season down the line.
Scarborough Music Theatre
It is the spirit of theatre that the show must go on but the health and safety of our audiences, cast, crew, and volunteers are of paramount importance and so the show will not go on until we can all safely come together again.
Two weeks ago we made the decision to suspend rehearsals for CABARET for the safety of the cast and crew and it is hard to believe how much has happened in those two weeks. Last week our Board of directors made the decision to postpone CABARET performances until next season. The show will now be presented in the February slot that was to have been A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.
For all ticket holders:
You will be contacted by the box office with the following options:
- Defer your tickets to a production next season. You will be sent a coupon code that can be applied to any performance of any show in the 2020/21 season by the group to which you had tickets this season. Tickets deferred for A Red Plaid Shirt or Innocence Lost can be used for any Scarborough Theatre Guild show. Tickets deferred for Pride and Prejudice or The Government Inspector can be used for any Scarborough Players show. Tickets deferred for Cabaret can be used for any Scarborough Music Theatre show.
- Convert your ticket price to a charitable donation and receive a tax receipt. Though we may not be performing, we continue to have bills to pay including the rent on our rehearsal space and for the theatre. Theatre Scarborough is confident that all of our groups can weather this storm for the time being though we will have no income for the foreseeable future.
- Be refunded for the ticket price.
Please note our Box Office is volunteer run and this process is likely to be lengthy. We sincerely thank you for your patience and understanding in these extraordinary circumstances.
For renewing subscribers to Scarborough Music Theatre: Because the production of Cabaret, to which you have already purchased a ticket, is being moved to our 2020/21 season in place of A Man of No Importance, your refund will automatically be applied to your 2020/21 subscription and you need to do nothing more than indicate to the box office that you are planning to renew your subscription.
For renewing subscribers to Scarborough Theatre Guild: Because the production of A Red Plaid Shirt, to which you have already purchased a ticket, is being moved to our 2020/21 season in place of Jake’s Women, your refund will automatically be applied to your 2020/21 subscription and you need to nothing more for that show than indicate to the box office that you are planning to renew your subscription. The box office will be in touch to confirm how to proceed with your Innocence Lost tickets if you have not already made that arrangement.
As we all face the uncertainty of the current situation, separated by distance but together in spirit, we look forward to the time when we can join together again at the theatre. Please keep an eye on our web site and social media channels for more information in the coming weeks.
2020-2021 Season Subscriptions NOW on sale!
It’s a new season of comedy, drama, and musical entertainments in the heart of Scarborough. Download our new season brochure for all the details of our exciting new season and get your subscription today.
When selecting your subscriptions, each series is indicated by a colour. Scarborough Players is in red, Scarborough Theatre Guild is in green, and the Scarborough Music Theatre is in blue. To order a subscription, download the subscription order form and mail it to the address on the form along with your payment. Subscription orders will be processed in the order in which they are received and tickets will be mailed by mid-August. Single tickets for individual shows go on sale August 1, 2020.