BDACT response to COVID-19

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