BDACT response to COVID-19

Friday, May 29 – Update

Dear BDACT patrons,

The BDACT Management and Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to cancel both the area high school musical BRIGADOON and the annual summer musical THE LITTLE MERMAID. We recently consulted with a doctor who works for public health within the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and also consulted with local physicians and reviewed CDC and state COVID-19 guidelines.  While many restrictions are being lifted around the area, experiences indicate that group rehearsals and performances for singers, dancers, and musicians have a higher rate of coronavirus transmission than other activities.  The health and safety of the cast, crew, and audience members remain our top priority. Also, the COVID-19 virus could re-emerge and limit gatherings and businesses once again. We felt now was the right time to make a decision before much work, effort, and resources were put into productions, only to close down later. Other area community theatres have similarly canceled summer productions.

We sincerely thank show directors Mark Lefeber and Ryan Klug and their production teams for the work and many hours they already contributed. We also thank the many people who auditioned for the productions. Everyone is disappointed not to have them entertaining our area communities this summer.

Out of fairness to the high school cast members aging out of the program next summer, we will be cancelling Brigadoon and choosing a new production. The Little Mermaid, however, has been approved to take place in the summer of 2021. 

BDACT has come a long way since beginning in 1964. With your continued support, the theater continues to grow and offer more entertainment to the community each year. Together we’ll get through these rough times. Live performances can  be magical; we  all miss the interaction with performers and audiences and seeing a new class of youth light up the stage for their first time. Nevertheless, BDACT is working hard to provide performance opportunities online. Please stay tuned to WWW.BDACT.ORG or our Facebook page for more updates on opportunities and performances.

Sincerely,

David Saniter – BDACT Managing Director

Mike Derr – BDACT President

Thursday, March 19 – Update

Dear Patrons of BDACT,

These are some interesting times for Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. We have been reacting to the evolving COVID-19 news daily and will, like all of you, continue to do so for quite some time. BDACT’s top priority continues to be the safety and health of our guests, performers, volunteers and staff.

Status of Upcoming Performances: The BDACT Board of Directors has been meeting and communicating frequently with our staff to help guide operation and plan upcoming activities. On March 17th, the Board and staff confirmed the postponement and tentative status of the following shows and performances listed below, in response to the latest government and health organization requirements and recommendations:

  • DUELING PIANOS (March 27) – postponed
  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN (April 15-26) – postponed
  • JOHN MCGIVERN (May 2) – postponed
  • ONE VOICE – (May 8) – Cancelled
  • DARYL STUERMER with BEAVER DAM AREA ORCHESTRA (May 23) – Postponed
  • BRIGADOON (June 18-28) – The area high school production will continue with online auditions and rehearsal material being distributed digitally. Please note that the original performance dates will likely change, or performances may not happen at all.

For now, all other previously scheduled productions during the upcoming summer and fall months will continue as planned, with the caveat that new or updated government and health agency requirements may necessitate further delays or postponements. Furthermore, please note that the Board and staff will do our best to reschedule our postponed shows to run as soon as possible; that will also impact whether we need to reschedule future productions and events. We are continuing to meet and communicate to plan and finalize upcoming shows as best we can, given the reality of changing health requirements.

Status of Tickets: Please hang on to your tickets and we will establish a new performance date as soon as the restrictions and dangers of congregating are past. Thank you for your understanding.

BDACT Box Office and Building – The Beaver Dam Area Fine Arts Center, including the Box Office, will be closed until the ban on gathering is over and performances resume.

Ticket Exchanges: Given the current COVID-19 crisis, BDACT is changing its policy to allow ticket holders of an upcoming show or event to exchange tickets for any performance during the remainder of the 2020 season. If you are not able to attend a rescheduled performance, please contact info@bdact.org for a voucher to any upcoming production. Your voucher will equal the value of your initial ticket.

Extra cleaning and Sanitation at BDACT: BDACT staff have spent extra time deep cleaning all areas of the building.  Once performance dates are confirmed and approaching, staff will disinfect all touchpoints including seats, door handles, counters, and other areas. Also, hand sanitizer will be made available in the lobby for patron use.

The Board and staff will continue to closely monitor guidance provided by federal, state, and local agencies, and will add policy updates and updates regarding upcoming shows to the web page as they are adopted, in this quickly changing environment. 

We recognize the impact these recent series of events will have on BDACT. As a non-profit arts organization, we rely heavily on your support, and this will be true now more than ever.  This is an unprecedented and challenging time for all of us!  We appreciate your patience and support. We look forward to reopening the Fine Arts Center and holding rehearsals and performances as quickly as possible so that we can all gather to continue celebrating theater and the arts.  Take care and stay healthy.

If you have questions, please contact info@bdact.org or call 920-885-6891. Also, please continue checking our website, Facebook, and Twitter postings for further updates.

————- David Saniter, BDACT Managing Director

————- The BDACT Board of Directors